The Way of The Child
Letting Children Worship
Worship is such an integral part of our community and our tradition. When we worship we intentionally make time to connect to God and to one another. What does it mean to allow our children to do the same? Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” In our children’s ministries, we seek not to teach as much as we come alongside the children so that they can see us in action and so that we can relearn, again and again, the wonder of the world around us through their eyes. Our children begin each Sunday morning in worship with the whole congregation. After the children’s sermon they head down to the education wing for their own worship experience. Adult storytellers and guides along with youth volunteers help to lead them through their morning experiences. Come, let us worship and play!
Godly Play is for children from 3 years old through first grade and is a worship based model of children’s education based upon the Montessori Method. Maria Montessori said, “A child’s work is to create the person she/he will become.” Children work toward this end through their play, their pretend, and their mimicking of the adults that they see around them. What better place to let the children come to, so that they can create their adult-selves, than in the life of a healthy church community? We hope that this Montessori inspired curriculum would have the potential to be a great gift to the children in our church and those in the surrounding community.
LEGO Sunday School is for second through fifth graders and is a scripture story and LEGO building based class. Based loosely on the Godly Play philosophy, our curriculum, called Building Faith Brick by Brick, allows for the child’s play and wonder to become part of their experience of worship and learning. Children gather for stories and respond by sculpting with the LEGOs and responding with wonder. We learn together with our children and encourage them to question and grow into their faith.