In Worship

“Let the children come!” We welcome children in worship! We want them to feel welcome on Sundays to participate in all aspects of worship and so we invite them to join us in worship and share in Communion with us in the sanctuary! We have worship bags for our 3-7 year olds and worship folders for our 8-12 year olds to help make the sanctuary worship experience more engaging for them. Please pick up a bag or folder as you enter the center door of the sanctuary or ask an usher for assistance. Worship Bags and Folders should be returned following the service but be sure to take any drawings made or bulletins home with you!

Children's Church

Although we love having them in worship, we do recognize that sitting in the sanctuary for the full worship service can be difficult for our younger children. So we invite our children age 3-2nd grade to participate in a Children’s Church experience offered within the 9:15 worship service.  Parents sign in their children for Children’s Church and get their Children’s Church name tags as they enter the center doors of the sanctuary.  Children begin the worship service sitting with their parents and then are invited to go with Mrs. Joy, our Children’s director, to the chapel before the sermon begins to enjoy their own age appropriate activities. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to get them settled in comfortably to the new space.

Once in the chapel, the children are greeted by our wonderful Children’s Church teachers and youth leaders who lead the children in a mini-bible lesson and a craft, game or music activity. Children’s Church allows our children to experience the more disciplined patterns of worship in the sanctuary but also step out before the sermon to continue worship in a more relaxed child friendly way where they can hear a story designed for their age group, and worship with joyful movement and laughter.  At the conclusion of the service in the sanctuary parents are asked to immediately pick up their children in the chapel.

Children's Sunday School

For a deeper dive into the word and the opportunity to build strong friendships and develop mentoring relationships with our fabulous team of teachers, we invite children age 3 - 6th grade to join one of our Sunday School classes. In our Sunday School classes bible stories and faith concepts are explored in more depth through a variety of activities that include group bible study, art, role-play, music and games. Classes are taught by two pre-screened teachers and youth volunteers. Sunday School classes offer our children a safe place where they can ask questions, deepen their faith and develop a better understanding of our God and His story.

Additional Worship Opportunities For Children

Children are also invited to participate in worship by serving as choir members, acolytes, offering helpers, greeters, and readers.

More information about joining one of our Children’s Choirs can be found by clicking on the Children’s Choirs link to the right.

Acolyte training sessions for children in third grade and older are offered periodically throughout the year.

Teaching and Volunteer Opportunities for Adults and Youth

All of our Children’s Ministry programs depend on parental involvement and the generosity of dedicated teachers and youth who volunteer their time to teach, listen and encourage the children in their classes and activities.

We are committed to walking beside our church families and to help our parents grow their children into the strong, loving and gifted individuals that God created each of them to be. A natural segue to that is our commitment to helping our youth develop their individual leadership skills. We recruit youth leaders to work beside our caring adult teachers who serve as mentors and continue to encourage them as they serve in our Children’s Ministry programs.

Most of our Children’s Church and Sunday School teachers work in teams of two and alternate/rotate teaching with other teaching teams. Youth in 6th grade and above are welcome to volunteer with Children’s Church.  Youth in Middle School and High School are welcome to volunteer in Sunday School and will be assigned to classes according to need, age and interest. All volunteers, adult and youth, must pass a background screening. Teachers and Youth receive training and adhere to safe sanctuary guidelines adopted by the Church Council. To volunteer please contact Joy Rangel at jrangel@centreville-umc.org.