Kids in the Pews
All children are welcome in the pews, in worship!
We believe that having children and infants in worship is like having them at the dinner table. They’re here because they are part of the family, not because their manners are perfect.
It is important to remember children giggle, poke, swing their legs, and talk at inappropriate moments simply because they are children. They also sing, pray, and give offering as fellow children of God. Over time, by being in worship, they learn:
- This is the place we gather with others to worship God;
- We belong to this special company of people and are welcome at the table;
- The sights and sounds of this place are good and nurturing, even when they don’t understand them.
The “payoff” for the wiggling in worship in the early years is that children will grow to know they belong here, and will have a faith of their own.
Busy / Quiet Bags are available at the entrances to the worship centers at both Faith and Journey. Toys, books, and a changing table can be found in our nursery spaces, which are available for parents to use with their child or children, but they are not currently staffed.
Worship at Journey in Faith is in a casual setting around tables and there are a few things on each table for children as well as kids bags in the gathering area for use.
Help us welcome Kids in the Pews. It is easy as ABC!
The ABC’s for adults worshipping with, and near children.
- ARRIVE in time to find a good place to sit. Children are short and appreciate being able to see. We encourage you to sit up front or near the musicians to allow this.
- BRING something quiet to occupy them in restless moments. “Busy” bags and books for children are available in the hallway outside the Worship Center, or bring quiet snacks or their favorite toy.
- CALM them with hugs, sitting in your lap, and backrubs.
- DEMONSTRATE how to sing familiar refrains, fold hands in prayer, stand for the Gospel and prayers, and recite familiar parts of the service, such as the Lord’s Prayer.
- EXPRESS joy at having children worship with you. Smile at them and their parents. Dance with them when the music is lively.
- FREE yourself of the expectation to be perfect. None of us would be here if we were!
- GIVE your child something to put in the offering, and encourage them to give from their own funds as they grow older.
- HELP parents of small children.
- INVITE children to sit with you so that you may assist with bottles, dropped toys, and teaching kids how to worship.
If you have trouble hearing or concentrating because children near you are noisy, feel free to move to a quieter area.✝ Pastors and Staff of Faith Lutheran and Journey In Faith