Children and Worship Children and Worship First Presbyterian Church - Pottstown, PA

 

Young Children and Worship

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Young Children and Worship?

Young Children and Worship is a program that presents a joyful way for children to worship God. It invites children and their adult leaders to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format


How is it used?

 Young Children and Worship is used at  First Presbyterian Church during the Worship service. Young Children and Worship follows the same four-fold order of worship that the  Church follows.  So while adults are worshiping in "big" worship, the children are worshiping in a special place for them at the same time.  The children will come into a special worship space, made just for them, with all material at their height, to gather around God's word. This follows the first order of Presbyterian worship which is the gathering of God's people to hear God’s word.

Next the children 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 go 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 Legos.

As they leave the worship center, the children will participate in the last order of worship which 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.