Village Children’s Church Worshipping With Children and Special Events
Worshipping with Children in the Sanctuary
Worshipping with your child is a time to grow in faith together. We all experience worship in different ways. Being together is about adult and child modeling for the other how to see the service in a new light.
That being said, it can also be a bit stressful. Unfocused children. Frustrated parents.
Please know: children of all ages are WELCOME into all of our services. We are not worried about creaking pews and whispered questions and shuffling papers. At our services, we are the whole people God, at all different places in our journey, come to worship.
Here are 10 tips for worshipping with children.
Leave the house with joy. Use the drive to talk about what you are looking forward to at church. Discuss which part of the service you enjoy the most. Talk about why it is important for your family to attend church.
Arrive early enough to find a seat where children can hear and see what is happening on the chancel.
Kid’s worship bulletins are available from the ushers. Worship bags are in baskets at each of the entrances (return worship bags at the end of worship).
Before service begins, help your child use the hymnal bookmarks (in the worship bag) to mark the hymns for quick reference later in the service.
Before church begins, look around the sanctuary together and through the bulletin to see if there is anything new happening (colors of the church have changed, baptisms, new members joining, choirs singing).
During the service, help your child follow along in the bulletin, helping them stand and sit at appropriate times, say unison prayers out loud and sing.
Share a hymnal with your child. Follow the words with your finger if necessary.
Encourage your child to pass the peace with people all around them. Teach them to shake hands and say: The peace of Christ be with you or just Peace for our younger children.
Find the scripture, as indicated in the bulletin, in the pew Bible and follow along while it is being read from the pulpit.
During the sermon, use tools from the worship bag. Your child can use the finger labyrinth or coloring mandalas to help keep their hands occupied while listening to the message. You can keep count of how many times you hear the word God or Jesus said. Your child can draw / color a picture from what they hear in the sermon. Make a word splash – write down words that stick out to them.
Family Fun Nights
Several times each year, we gather for fun, family-oriented evening activities. Movie night: watch new releases on the BIG screen with pizza and popcorn. BINGO night: enjoy pizza, snacks and LOTS of prizes for kids and parents alike (everyone wins!). Christmas craft night: starts with pizza and decorate-your-own cookies, followed by almost endless Christmas crafts such as painting ornaments, reindeer candy canes, and the always popular surprise grab bag. Crafts change each year.
4:00 Family Christmas Eve Service
Children of all ages are welcome to attend this family-oriented, audience participation service where the congregation serves as the sounds to our pageant—the soft wind blowing, the fire crackling, the camel’s footsteps thumping, and much more. Children ages four through elementary school are invited to participate in the pageant itself with movement roles and speaking roles available. One Saturday morning rehearsal is required.
7:00 Christmas Eve Pageant
This service presents the Christmas story through scripture and song. The Junior Choir and Youth Choir lead the congregation in the beautiful journey of Christ’s birth with solos, acting, group song, and congregational carols. All children from grades 3-12 may participate. Beginning in mid-November, grades 3-6 rehearse after 10:00 Worship each Sunday, and grades 7-12 rehearse each Wednesday evening. One Sunday afternoon rehearsal is required.
Fourth Grade Bible Sunday
Each year, the children in the fourth grade class receive a gift of a Bible during 10:00 Worship. This is an exciting event, and it is with pleasure that we invite every child to participate. Beginning in January, the fourth graders participate in special Church School classes to prepare them to receive, read, and interpret their new Bibles. The class culminates when the children receives their Bible in worship and then have a special Church School class with our Senior Pastor for a time of sharing.
Kindergarten Bible Sunday
Each May, every kindergarten child receives their own copy of My Very First Bible during 10:00 Worship. This Bible is written with the emergent reader in mind, retelling Bible stories in understandable words and language. We hope that families will enjoy reading this Bible together, and that the children will come to know and love the stories as they begin to read on their own.
Easter Egg Hunt
Join the fun on Easter Sunday when children ages two through fifth grade race through the churchyard to collect Easter eggs.
Village Church participates annually in the Grace Knight Fund for Religious Education. We join other houses of worship from across Wellesley to share in an hour of song, skits, and scripture recitation. The Junior Choir, middle school class, and other interested church school participants practice on select dates in April and May. The event is held on a Sunday in late May.
Children in Church School have the opportunity throughout the school year to participate in many service opportunities within the church school hour. These opportunities vary by year but can include: • Making dessert for the NWW ecumenical worship service for adults with developmental disabilities;
Making sandwiches for the Bristol House;
Making scarves for City Mission Society to distribute to people who are homeless in Boston;
Making Christmas cards to accompany meals for the elderly and shut-ins;
Painting murals for orphanages in Ecuador;