We absolutely love children and want them to enjoy the worship of God with His family. Each Sunday, during the worship service, we bring the children forward for a special children's sermon that relates to the pastor's sermon. We strategically put this about 25 minutes into the service so the kids can get up and move around. That helps them adjust to being in worship for an extended time. You can also find that many of our children sit with different people each Sunday. This occurs so that the responsibility of teaching children how to worship is felt by all. We truly are a family!
We encourage children to stay and be a part of the worship service as long as they can. But we understand that might not be possible for all. To help parents, we have a TV just outside the sanctuary that streams the worship service so they can still worship with us.
In addition to that, we also provide a nursery during the service with workers that have been properly screened to ensure everyone's safety. The nursery also has a TV that streams the service so the workers and children can hear the worship service.
Our philosophy derives from a situation where Jesus did not shoo the children away from Jesus. We believe in doing the same. We want to make every reasonable effort to bring children to Jesus in worship. The story is told in the book of Matthew where it says:
"Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.
But the disciples rebuked them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
And then he laid his hands on them..."