Families and Children

We are so glad that you are thinking of joining us on a Sunday morning! Families with children are very welcome in our sanctuary. We begin every worship service as a multigenerational community. Then, on most Sundays from September to June, children from pre-kindergarten (4 years old) to middle school leave after the Passing of the Peace for Church School activities that include classes, creative arts projects, mission work, and music-making.

On Communion Sundays, the children return to worship to celebrate Communion with their families. And on special Sundays, such as the Blessing of the Animals, All Saints Sunday, and other holidays, children remain in worship for the entire service. We have a well-stocked Children’s Book Corner in the north transcept section of the sanctuary, where children can find picture books, a few chapter books, and activity packets for use in the pews.

We provide an audio feed from the sanctuary to speakers in the nearby Hastings Room, where parents with infants can stay connected to the worship service while caring for fussy babies. And a paid staff of caregivers offers child care for children ages 0 to 4 in our Nursery.

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