Worship for Kids
Live with them among God’s faithful peopleIn the sacrament of baptism, we promise to do these things for the children and youth God has entrusted to us:
- Bring them to the word of God and the holy supper
- Teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments
- Place in their hands the holy scriptures
- Nurture them in faith and prayer
Children of any age (yourself included) may come to the waters of baptism, where their grown-ups, sponsors, and this community affirm God’s claim that they are God’s beloved child.
The Calm (aka, “Cry”) Room is a place on the right side, before the sanctuary doors, where your family may find more privacy. There are comfy chairs, blankets, and a sink for washing up.
Even so, know that there are many “church” aunties, uncles, and grandparents in our community for whom your child’s voice, even if it is upset, brings deep joy and happy memories. Please let us help you when you need it.
We are here for you
This is a time for children to hear a message especially for them at the beginning of the “Word” part of the service.
Following the Children’s Sermon, a separate teaching time is offered for children ages ~3-8 years old during the school year. They will return to the worship service during the sharing of peace, and may receive a blessing or bread and juice during the Eucharist, according to their grown-ups’ preferences.
We are blessed to employ two exceptionally talented staff musicians. Organist/pianist Paul Woodring and saxophonist Dave Becker are eager to help your children (and you!) learn and practice our repertoire of traditional and contemporary Christian music.
In worship, we cherish the ‘joy’ part of the Psalms’ message to “make a joyful noise”. Whatever their (or your) level of skill, all are welcome with us. (Hint: everyone gets better with practice!)
At the end of the service, children and their grown-ups are invited to come for the Sending Song to the stage on the right side of the sanctuary – play an instrument, or sing, or dance!
Children and youth age ~8 and up are encouraged to explore their interests and develop their skills through the many leadership roles—such as serving as an acolyte, lector or communion assistant—that our worship service offers. We will give good training so they can feel confident to share their gifts.
During the school year, we offer play-based learning of Bible stories and music for children of all ages.
Confirmation program for middle-schoolers and others who are diving deeper into their understanding of this faith.
2022 Vacation Bible School is cancelled. We hope to see you in 2023 for a fun filled week of play, music, and stories.
Stay tuned to our online publications – The Vistas and The Summit – for information about other fun events.
Vacation Bible School is a week long event for children ages 3 years (and potty trained) to entering 5th grade. Our curriculum features arts and crafts, music, games, and bible stories.
All Mt. Carmel events follow CDC guidelines in place at the time of the event.