Children and Families
We believe that our children are an important part of our worshiping community. Our aim is not to pull kids out of worship – we seek to notice and know the children that are part of our church family. Every child has asked at some point, “But why do I have to go to church?” We don’t want your answer to be, “Because I said so.” The community is one of the best reasons for wanting our kids and everyone to be part of a spiritual congregation. We want children to feel like the church is not a place they go to – it’s a family they belong to.
Choosing to worship with our children calls for a disciplined commitment – from both the family and the church. When we choose to worship together it is not so much a question of the choice – but the culture which understands and supports the act. Instead of fragmenting the family of faith we seek to incorporate worship with conviction. We follow a Lord who placed children “in the midst of them” (Mark 9:36). Jesus himself came into the world as a baby and grew as a child. He welcomed and blessed children when his friends thought them an interruption.
Children learn today in ways that are varied, active and appropriate to their ages and capabilities. Beyond the tensions of all ages joined together lies the exciting opportunity to be the body of Christ. In a unique way was can use the gifts of each member to enrich the worship of all. We can develop a vital and enriching interplay between grown-ups and children in the presence of God.
40 Hours Together – Lenten Resources
Join us on our Lenten journey toward Easter by committing to what matters–-each other.
40 Hours Together is Cultivate Faith’s Lenten initiative for families. It’s a chance for us to take on regular spiritual practices together (rather than giving up something for the season). These resources are designed for a variety of family settings, including families that do not always live together and families that are away from home during the week a LOT. They are here to help our families live out the spiritual practices we want and need even on the busiest days. Forty hours together is the goal, not forty hours together muddling through activities that are not speaking to their souls. The Holy Spirit meets us whenever and however, so every moment truly is sacred. Folding laundry together counts. Brushing teeth together counts. Looking for the teen’s lost phone charger together counts. A text thread with ridiculous memes counts.
We invite you to take the first step by printing off the 40 Hours Tracker at home or grabbing a copy at church on Sunday. You will find resources in your inbox and at church each week to spark ideas for spending quality time together.
Sunday school at 10:00 am; Worship at 8:15 am (traditional in the chapel – September through May), 9:00 am (contemporary in the fellowship hall) or 11:00 am (traditional in the sanctuary). The 9:00 am and 11:00 am worship service includes a special time for the children. Special worship materials for children are available at each service.
Sunday School Classrooms
Younger Disciples (recommended preschool-2nd grade)
Older Disciples (recommended 3rd -5th Grade)
More Programs To Look For Throughout The Year
Easter Workshop & Egg Hunt
Advent Wreath Workshop
Happy Birthday Jesus Party
Family Service Opportunities
Camps & Retreats:
- Day Camp
- Family Retreat
- Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center – a complete summer camp program for children & youth (grades 2-12) during the months of June & July.