Children's Chapel is a parallel "Liturgy of the Word" for all children who wish to attend. There's sacred storytelling, prayer and sharing, art and creativity - and a generous welcome to all.
Come first to church, then follow the banner, acolyte, and chapel leaders.
If you are sitting near a child… Please share God’s Peace with them, too. Include them in conversation before or after the service. Remember that you are creating an experience of welcoming and belonging!
If you are with a child… Please sit where you can see and participate; answer “right now” questions as they are asked; encourage them receive communion bread and wine if they want to; make use of the children’s resources at the back of the church; know that we’re glad you’re here!
We have developed several new initiatives to complement Children's Chapel - off of these stem from my deep belief and experience that grand/parents are the primary educators and nurturers of their children's faith. You are your child's chief Spiritual Director. We offer these resources.
1. The Sunday Paper Junior - this is given to the children as they leave Chapel for church. This is an illustrated version of the day's lessons that can be colored and explored at home. On the back page there is always an inspiring "Note to Parents." If you would like more informatioin about The Sunday Paper Junior, please visit their website.
3. Weekly emails - I send weekly emails with something that I hope will help and support you in your (grand) parenting ministry of presence, love, acceptance and guidance.
If you would like further information about Grace, our Children's Chapel or any other aspect of our ministry, please contact me at (419) 625-6919 or email me at email@example.com
Jan Smith Wood, Rector
10. Repeated exposure to all the sights, sounds and symbols of Eucharist helps form all Christians.
9. Children actually like sitting in those nearly-empty front row seats so they can see and hear what is going on.
8. It would be expensive to repaint all those signs to read “The Episcopal Church Only Welcomes Adults”
7. Practice makes Perfect – teaching young children to enjoy and participate in the service helps them become active and receptive worshiping adults.
6. There are no pop quizzes at the communion rail – we all experience the Eucharist as a mystery… you don’t have to be able to explain it in order to benefit from it.
5. Children have their own unique relationships with God. Being in church helps them learn how to pray, sing, worship and otherwise strengthen that relationship.
4.If children aren’t in church, who are the candy-unwrapping, restless, coughing, whispering adults going to blame for the noise?
3. Sunday services make great family togetherness time. Use the quiet space for extra hand-holding or snuggling time that may get lost during a busy week.
2. Children teach us what absolute joy looks like and what better place to experience that than in church?
1. …and the Number One reason why children are welcomed in our church: the Circle of God’s Family is incomplete without them!
Tracey E. Herzer, 2007 President, National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors