Children in Worship
While we are apart...
While at home worshiping together, let the children look up scriptures and follow along in their Bibles. Pause the service video to explain if they have questions or you feel the Spirit move you to expand on what you are watching. Encourage them to sing out loud with the music and pray out loud with you. Enjoy growing in faith together as a family. Opportunities are born out of adversity - find ways to change this unusual experience into one that is unique and memorable. Decades from now, you may have a discussion around the dinner table that begins with... Remember when we made our living room a church...!
If you worship in your vehicle...
Pack snacks, Bibles and extra patience. Remind the little ones that we can be a church anywhere. Our faith makes us a church together and we need to continue to fill up so we can pour out. Encourage appropriate behavior and answer questions as you are able. If you did not get to hear the service because you have had a chatterbox in the back seat, do not worry! You can watch the sermon again any time on our prerecorded version so you can fill up, too. Win-win!
When we return to in person worship...
Trinity loves to have kids in worship! We believe it is extremely important and special for children to worship with their families. Our children are a special part of the Trinity family and are encouraged to attend all of the worship services. Worship bulletins and bags are available for children attending worship services. They are available at the entrance to the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings.
Tips for Having Your Children Worship With You
1. Sit near the front. It's hard to see from the middle or the back of the congregation when you're little! Children like to see what is going on at all points during the service, so sitting where their view is obstructed creates extra wiggles. A front row seat helps keep everyone more engaged.2. Don't hesitate to quietly explain what is happening in the service! Children learn by questioning. If your young one doesn't understand why the Pastor is passing out bread and grape juice or wonders how everyone memorized the same prayer, take the time to quietly teach them about it.
3. Help children follow along in the hymnal, on the screen, or in the bulletin. It can be hard for beginning readers to keep up, but your child will appreciate feeling like (s)he is actively taking part in the service.
4. If you feel like the wiggles are taking over, feel free to walk out. Visit the water fountain, let your child stretch their legs in the hall, and when you feel ready, please rejoin us! You and your child help make our church a home and we are excited for you to be there!