Visiting with Children
Infants and toddlers are welcome in the nursery or they can stay with their parents throughout the service. Older children and youth begin in the sanctuary at 10:30 am. After about 15 minutes they gather at the front of the sanctuary with our minister for a “Moment for All Ages,” and then proceed to Sunday school programs led by paid professional teachers and adult volunteers. Visiting children are invited to participate in all of our Sunday morning children’s activities, but are also welcome to stay with their families in the sanctuary.
Sunday School Programs
All religious education classes meet on the lower level of the church. First time visitors should accompany their children to classes, as the labyrinthine lower level can be confusing at first! Your child’s teacher will ask you to complete a “Visitor Registration” form, in accordance with the church’s Safe Congregation Plan.
Parents are welcome to stay in class with a child until he or she feels comfortable with the setting. Classroom teachers and our Director of Religious Education, Lisa Maria Steinberg, are accustomed to welcoming new children, and will help to ensure a smooth transition.
Classes end promptly at noon. Children in the nursery through 4th grade must be picked up from class at that time by the same caregiver who dropped them off. Older children and youth are allowed to leave their classes on their own and join their parents for a light snack during social hour. If visiting for the first time, you may want to arrange with your older children and their teacher to pick them up at noon, as social hour is a lively event and it may be hard to find each other there.
Nursery care for infants and toddlers (newborn – age 3) is available each week with a professional caregiver. Before dropping off your child we’ll ask you to complete a brief questionnaire that includes your cell phone number. You’ll also be asked to sit toward the rear of the sanctuary and leave your cell phone on vibrate so that the nursery caregiver can reach you if necessary. Please bring a diaper bag to leave with your child that includes a change of clothes, diapers, a bottle, a warm sweater and comfort toys. Nursery drop-off begins at 10 am and ends at noon.
High School Youth
Senior High Youth Group meets in the church from 7 pm to 9 pm Sunday nights. There is no specific Sunday morning programming for Senior High youth. They’re welcome and encouraged to attend the worship service.