People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
Kids are important to Jesus.
He told us that children are a sign of the Kingdom of God (God’s dream for the world), and that they are to be welcomed in our Christian communities.
We take this call to welcome seriously. We want to create a space where children are co-participators in our congregation, both on Sunday and throughout the rest of life. At the same time, we understand that some parts of the liturgy are just a little too inaccessible for young children. We want everyone to be able to learn about Jesus in a way that makes sense for them, while still valuing our communal identity as a church.
In Eucharist, this means we have kids classes that run alongside some of the gathering.
When children show up they can head right to the back hall to be signed in for a kids program, which includes a time of singing, learning, and snacks. They’ll come back to join us for communion and some of the congregational music.
Inter-generational life is a gift to the church. We teach these children how to pray, how to receive communion, and how to grow in their walk with God. God uses them to teach us even more. Our kids classes are a great experience for both parents and children, and are excited to be the church with our youngest brothers and sisters.