Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not stop them for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."
When children are baptized, parents make a promise to bring them up "...in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." As a congregation, we also promise to undertake with the parents the Christian nurture of their child so that in due time the child will claim faith in Jesus Christ. Keeping our promise is about teaching our children the faith in developmentally appropriate programs and activities. It also means loving them for who they are so that they learn that God loves them and that they should do the same with one another. We are a multi-generational congregation so our children have adults of all ages beside them on their faith journeys. We support our parents with small groups and parenting and marriage classes. We are committed to having a safe place and safe people who work with our children and have implemented a Child and Youth Protection Policy, part of which requires background checks of adults involved in our programs for children and youth.
Infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers
We have a nursery for our infants and toddlers during Sunday School with paid, background- checked childcare workers and church volunteers to care for them. During Sunday School our 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds discover that God loves them through hands on, multi-sensory experiences and learning together. During worship, infants through 2-year-olds are combined in our nursery while the 3 and 4-year-olds go to PAWS (Pre-schoolers At Worship Service), which is a beginning worship experience. Parents may also keep their children with them during worship.
We usually have a nursery during other special events and services.
Praise Kidz is 30 minutes of music and fun for infants through preschoolers. Moms, grandparents or other loving adults stay with their little ones to play, dance, play instruments and games. Praise Kidz meets every Thursday morning from 10:00-10:30 am.