Children of all ages are welcome in the Worship Service, but we do offer age directed ministries for young ones. If your children are age 5 or younger you may wish to sign them in for the appropriate children's classes. After you enter the main lobby of the Theater, turn to your left and pass through the glass doors. There you will find the children's sign-in table.
Age 0-12 months: For our fully staffed Nursery, please sign your child in and follow directions to the classroom.
Age 1-5 years: We provide fully staffed Worship Training classrooms which follow this pattern:
Worship Training 1: For all 1 year olds, who will go directly to their classroom after sign-in.
Worship Training 2-3: For all 2-3 year olds, who will go directly to their classroom after sign-in.
Worship Training 4-5: For all 4-5 year olds. After sign-in, parents will take these children into the Theater for the early elements of the Worship Service at 9:30 am. Then they will be dismissed at about 9:50 am to follow leaders to their class. On Communion Sundays - normally the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month - all 4-5 year olds will return to the Theater after the sermon and for Communion.
Age 6-8 years: At this age we hope for kids to be more fully engaged in the big Worship Service, but some assistance can still be helpful. So on Communion Sundays (1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month) we offer Worship Training for these children during the sermon. No sign-in is necessary. They will begin in the Theater with you, be dismissed at about 9:50 am with their leaders, and they will return to you in the Theater after the sermon and for Communion. Of course, this is optional, so your 6-8 year old is welcome to remain in the Worship Service during the sermon.
A word about Worship Training:
As parents we love our children, but we must admit that children can make things difficult - to come to church, sit down, take a deep breath, and focus our attention. We were all made to worship, but we don't know how until someone shows us. With this in mind, we seek to train our children to worship God. Our goal is to prepare them to enter into the "big" Worship Service with their parents, better able to listen and engage with the liturgy as they grow in maturity. In Worship Training, leaders guide the children in singing, prayer, a simple liturgy and a curriculum lesson with age appropriate activities. This is a time of engagement with leaders to help our young ones focus on their purpose which is to worship their Creator, Redeemer and King.
Parents are asked to pick up their children immediately following the service. Then you are welcome to return to the lobby or the Theater for conversation and fellowship.