Over the past several years, we have seen an increase in the number of young children and we are thoroughly delighted with that. We wholeheartedly believe that Worship involves the entire family and that worship is an essential part in raising our children in the ways of God. But we also understand that children can get fidgety and that it can be difficult for them to understand everything that we say or preach in our service. To that end, we offer "Kids Chapel" for children ages 3 to 8.
Kids Chapel is a time for the children to worship together as children in a way they can understand. But the time spent is not simply a "glorified nursery". Every week, in the parish hall, the children have an opportunity to:
- Sing and to get the "sillies out" (to use a phrase from Yo-Gabba-Gabba)
- Recite and learn the Ten Commandments
- Recite and learn the Apostles Creed
- Pray and learn the Lord's Prayer
- Discuss and confess sin
- Hear a Bible story
In this way, Kid's Chapel is very much like our "grown-up" worship but on their level. The children begin worship with the congregation at 10:30am and leave for Kids Chapel during the sermon hymn. They return again at the distribution of Holy Communion and remain with their family through the end of the service.