Children at Worship on Sunday Mornings
At GHTC we love the way children pray, worship, and make our faith community more complete by their presence. We live into Jesus’s words from Matthew 10:14 where he said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for such belongs to the kingdom of heaven.” To live into Jesus’s call we offer the following programs for children each Sunday:
The Upper Room: Our weekly inter-age Sunday program where children of all ages come together to learn about Scripture and faith. The Upper Room meets upstairs in Room 6 each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and features a communal gathering with a story and music followed by activity groups for all ages. Our format is large group/small group which allows us to foster community among our children as they come together at the beginning and end of the session while engaging them at their respective educational and developmental levels.
Rec Room: The GHTC Rec Room is a place for children of all ages to gather before Sunday School to play and spend time with one another. The Rec Room features board games, a Nintendo Switch (with several games installed and four controllers provided), a ping-pong table, and more! It is open Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Godly Play: A liturgical curriculum modeled after Montessori principles, Godly Play works to help children explore their faith and spiritual experience through play. It is offered for children ages 3-7 as a short session in the chapel during the sermon of our 8:45 a.m. CrossRoads Service, and again in a longer form during the 11:00 a.m. Classic service. Godly Play is held upstairs in Room 7.
Children’s Space and Children’s Chest: During all services there is a space with small toys, books, and a felt board at the back of the sanctuary where children can play during the liturgy. Additionally, there is a chest featuring small kits that children can take to their pews to draw, use puzzles, or play with small toys as they are seated. Children are welcome in all services and parents are encouraged to involve their children in worship as much as possible.
Godly Play is offered for children 3-7 years old during the 11:00 a.m. Classic Service. It is located on the second floor in Room 7.
Our professionally staffed church nursery is open on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. for children preschool aged and younger. It is located on the second floor and is easily accessible by stairs and elevator from the Cherry Street (back) entrance or by stairs from the Laurel Street (front) entrance. Nursery staff provide parents with a small pager while children are in the nursery so that parents can be contacted easily if they are needed. Our nursery staff have many years of experience taking care of young children and possess a variety of relevant certifications (such as CPR/AED) and educational qualifications (such as undergraduate and graduate coursework in children’s education and care).
Volunteer to work with children
Would you like to serve at GHTC working with children? 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 Aaron Davis, Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, a call at the church office at 804-359-5628 ext. 15 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 Clergy.