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Worshipping with Your Child

Growing @ Grace
Formation in Family Ministry

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and all people.” Luke 2:52

Worshipping with Your Child

Children are always welcome to worship at Grace Church! 

Some children, however, may find it difficult at first to adjust to the amount of sitting still that is required during the service. If your child is in Kindergarten or younger, we offer Children’s Chapel at the 9:00am service, and Nursery Care is provided for both the 9:00am and 11:15am services, as well as during the Education Hour.

If your children would enjoy a quiet activity or book while sitting in the pew, please visit our Growing @ Grace Library just inside the Russell Road doors. You will find books for all ages. Ask an usher for a Children’s Bulletin for your child to color. 

We encourage you to talk to your child about why things are like they are in Church -- we go to talk to God, and things tend to be quiet and solemn at times because that can help people pray.

Encourage your child to watch what is going on in Church, say the Lord’s Prayer with them, and later talk to them about his or her favorite thing in the service.

Be intentional about where you sit. If you sit near the back out of sight, this means your child cannot see what is happening on the altar.

When children are encouraged to participate and become engaged in worship, they will begin to grow into their Christian identity and faith.

All children are welcome at the Lord's Table and may receive communion once they have been baptized. However, children who prefer a blessing may cross their hands across their chests at the altar, signaling the priest to offer a blessing instead.

Don't worry -- there is almost nothing that your child can do in Church that hasn't already been done before.

During the Prayers of the People one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Gary's mother was very embarrassed. She hushed him into silence, and after church asked: "Gary, whatever made you do such a thing?" Gary answered soberly: "I asked God to teach me to whistle... and He just did!"