Children’s Church and nurseries are offered for children ages infants through kindergarten. Older three-year-olds through kindergarten age are invited to sit with their families during the first part of the 11:10 a.m. Worship Service and to attend Children’s Church in room #9 after the Children’s Sermon. Two and younger three-year-olds are invited to attend a Bible story and play time the full 11:10 a.m. Worship Service in room #3.
A nursery is available for crib babies and toddlers in room #4. If you are visiting us for the first time, we ask that you accompany your child to Children’s Church so you can meet the teachers and introduce your child.
Children’s Church Heritage Presbyterian Church
Children’s Church is designed as a way for young children to experience and learn about worship. Our worship area is a very special place to be with God. We walk slowly and talk softly. We experience the wonder and the love of God. Each class uses a modified version of “Godly Play”.
The children will learn:
• How to be with God – ritual and worship elements
• Stories from the Bible – both Old and New Testament
• Seasons and celebrations of the church year, such as Advent and Lent
• About the sacraments – Baptism and Communion
• About prayer
The basic order of worship includes:
We Approach God
We enter quietly one at a time.
We sit on a mat in a semi- circle.
Call to Worship/ Greeting:
We sing a hymn of praise- “Be Still and Know That I Am God”
We Proclaim God’s Word
Worship leader tells the Bible story with figures.
Children respond with “Wondering Questions”
We Read the Scripture
We light the Christ candle.
We read the Bible scripture.
We Give Thanks to God
We thank God in prayer
We Change the Light
Leader – “We change the Light now. Look the light is in one place. I am going to change the Light so it is not just in one place anymore. It can be in many places at the same time. Watch closely (use the snuffer to put out the candle and catch the smoke, let the smoke rise up). The Light that was in the candle is now in us. God is always with and in us.
We Have a Feast and Respond to God’s Word
We make a table with our napkin and eat our feast (snack).
We also choose our responsive activity:
Color the provided story page.
Draw their own picture on the back of the provided story page.
Retell a story using the figures.
We Go in God’s Name