Children at Worship on Sunday Mornings
Children are always welcome in all our services. We encourage parents to involve their children in worship as much as possible.
We love the way children pray and worship. They make our faith community more complete by their presence. We live into Jesus’s words from Matthew 10:14: “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 children’s programs each Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day:
The Upper Room: This program brings children of all ages together to learn about Scripture and faith. It features a communal gathering with a story and music followed by small-group, age-appropriate activities. The Upper Room is open at 10:00 a.m., in Room 6 upstairs.
Rec Room: This is a place for children of all ages to play and interact before Sunday School. It’s stocked with board games a ping-pong table, and more.
Children’s Chapel: During the 8:45 a.m. service, children preK-grade 5 gather in the chapel to sing, read scripture, and explore their faith. Cirriculums include Godly Play, modeled after Montessori principles. Children’s Chapel also occurs during the 11:00 a.m. Classic service, upstairs in Room 7.
Children’s Space and Children’s Chest: In the back of the sanctuary there is a space with small toys, books, and a felt board where children can play. There also is a chest containing small kits that children can take to their pews to draw, work puzzles, or play with small toys as they are seated.
Our professionally staffed church nursery for infants, toddlers and preschoolers is open on Sundays from a quarter-hour before services begin until a quarter-hour after worship concludes. 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 pager. Our nursery staff have many years of experience, hold many certifications (such as CPR/AED) and have met relevant educational qualifications (including on the college level).
First Communion Instruction
Once baptized, here is no minimum age for receiving Holy Communion. Deciding when children begin to receive communion is a decision best reached by parents and children in consultation with clergy. Contact Duane Nettles or Kim Reinholz to learn more.
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Volunteer to work with children
Would you like to serve at GHTC working with children? Training is provided and volunteers are scheduled to support church staff so that the time commitment is flexible. All volunteers who work with children are supervised by staff members who have passed full background checks.
Contact Aaron Davis, Coordinator of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, to learn more.