Children at worship on Sunday Mornings
At GHTC we love our little ones! We like the way they pray, worship, and make our faith community broader and more complete. Each Sunday we offer a number of ways for our youngest parishioners to engage in worship:
- Godly Play lesson during the sermon at the 8:45 a.m. CrossRoads service and during the 11:00 a.m. Classic Service in room 7 on the 2nd floor of the Parish Hall.
- Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
- Children’s Space right up front, and an invitation to sit right up front during Holy Communion during the 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services
- Godly Play is offered for older children during the 11:00 a.m. Classic Service. It is located on the second floor in Room 7.
Our nursery is open each Sunday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is located on the second floor of the of the Parish Hall. It is easily accessible via the stairs at the front or back of the building, and the elevator located on the Cherry Street (back) side of the building. We have a pager system so that you may feel comfortable dropping off your child in the knowledge that we can page you if you are needed. Additionally, we often provide a nursery and child care for other church events.
Christian formation for preschool-aged children to pre-teens, is offered each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Our volunteer teachers use child-friendly resources to engage children through creative activities and hands-on Bible exploration. We interact with the Bible through every lesson! Our program emphasizes the inspiration and empowerment of lifelong faith at all age levels. We hope to see you on Sunday!
This program for children 3–7 years of age is offered during the 11:00 a.m. Classic service, in the Godly Play classroom on the 2nd floor of the Parish Hall. It is a liturgical curriculum modeled after the Montessori principles, and works to help children explore their faith and spiritual experience through play. It includes worship, prayer, singing, scripture story time, play, and a simple snack.
Volunteer for Godly Play
The Godly Play method of biblical storytelling serves children through early, middle, and late childhood and beyond. In the summer at GHTC we feature Godly Play stories during the sermon at the 10:00 a.m. service. September to May, Godly Play is offered in the chapel at the sermon time of the CrossRoads Service and upstairs during the Classic Service. Would you like to serve as a Godly Play leader? Our goal is to have people of all ages involved. Training is provided for all volunteers so that each person will feel comfortable, and volunteers are scheduled to support church staff so that the time commitment to this ministry will be flexible. The faith and spirituality of children is enhanced through wonder and play, and we would love to get you involved in their growth. Interested? Please give the Rev. Bo Millner a call at the church office or send him an e-mail.
First Communion Instruction
There is no determinant age for admission to the Holy Communion as Holy Baptism is considered full admission into the Church. Deciding exactly when children begin to receive is a decision best reached by parents and children in consultation with the clergy. If you would like to learn more or are ready to begin the process with your child, please contact the Rev. Bo Millner.