Children's Ministry at Second Church

Second church is excited to begin using "Children and Worship" Curriculum this Fall!

"Children & Worship" was created to make a special place where Children can come to encounter God, to be still with God and to listen to God. It is a place where Children come to nurture their spiritual life.

Children & Worship uses the familiar four-fold order of worship that many different congregations are familiar with.  

The first order of worship which is the gathering of God's people to hear God’s word.

To begin, the children come into a special worship space, to a storyteller waiting to greet them. They sit in a circle, surrounded by bible stories made just for them, with all materials at their height.  Everything in this special place is accessible to the children.   Children & Worship can be used either during the worship service or during Sunday School.  

Next they will hear the word proclaimed through a bible story told with multi-sensory materials that children with all different learning styles can value and enjoy. As the story is finished the children are invited to enter into a time of wonder about the story. They are asked "wondering questions" to help them dive deeper into the meaning of the story and to listen for God's still voice that is found there. These questions might sound like, "I wonder if the Good Shepherd's sheep have names?" Or, " I wonder what it was like to be in the ark for forty days…I wonder if Noah knew that God was with him?"

Third, just as in "big" worship the children will respond to the word. In "big" worship we often respond through prayer, song, offering, celebrating the Eucharist, commissioning, and celebrating baptisms. The children have the chance to respond to the Word in a myriad of ways as well. Some of these ways include telling their own story or the story they just heard, using art and craft materials, praying at the prayer table, dancing in the dance corner, or building with materials such as clay or blocks.

The last order of worship the children will participate in as they leave the worship center, is the sending out of God's people into the world. Each child will be given a special blessing as they leave to be God's disciples in their homes, schools, and activities.


As we begin this Church year, we begin with these stories for October...


October 1st                              

 World Wide Communion Sunday-Children remain in Worship


October 8th                                    

The Liturgy of the Light


October 15th                                 

 The Parable of the Good Shepherd and the Lost Sheep


October 22nd                             

Creation


October 29th                         

 

Noah