…at First Congregational Church (UCC) of Colorado Springs happens on the first Sunday of every month. Our church seeks intentionally to include people of all ages and life stages. We believe that people of all ages learn to worship by worshiping together.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ADULTS WORSHIPING WITH CHILDREN & TEENS
- Listening is an important aspect of worship; listening to the speaker; listening to the music; listening to one’s own body, feelings, and thoughts; listening for the quiet voice of God. Model this to children by making a point of turning off your cell phone.
- Scripture Readings are cited in the bulletin. Encourage and help children and teens to find the verses in the pew Bibles and follow along.
- Pray the Prayers with your child or teen, teaching them to listen for the prompt so they can participate in the responsive portions of the liturgy.
- Sing the Hymns with your child or teen. If they are very young, encourage them to stand, holding an open hymnal. They will feel important and grown-up.
- The Offering is a ritual of giving in grateful response to the blessings of God. Help your young person practice the ritual of giving. The amount is secondary. Emphasize the action of placing a hand in the plate as it is passes.
- Holy Communion is celebrated at the 8:30 service every Sunday and at both services on the first Sunday of the month. The table is open to people of all ages. We tear bread or break rice cake and instinct (dip it) into red wine or white juice, then eat. When a server says “Bread of Life” or “Cup of Blessing,” common responses are “Amen” or “Thanks be to God.”
- Conversations on the way home from church can be highlights of the week. Discuss the worship service. Ask questions. Talk about God. Wonder along with them. You won’t have all the answers. Be honest and open. Children and youth absorb more than adults think.
- Worship Tools are available on the shelves near the ramp into the sanctuary. These are intended help young children more fully participate in the service of worship.
- Nursery Care (Birth – Age 3) is available in our Nursery, downstairs in the West Building. They will share a worship experience using elements of the Montessori-based “Godly Play” method.
Offered throughout the Year as an option during Sanctuary Worship Services.
KIDS’ COMMUNITY WORSHIP
Children are invited to remain in services and worship with families or attend Kids’ Community Worship, available for Preschool – 5th Grade. After the Children’s message, follow the “hat” to the Kids’ Community Worship Space.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL services are held on the first Sunday of each month (nursery will be extended for up to age 4). During this time, children (pre-school-Grade 1) are invited to to attend GODLY PLAY. The multi-generational services are intentionally designed as sanctuary worship for all ages.
During Godly Play, children will delve into the world of parables, silence, sacred story and sacred liturgy in order to discover God, themselves, one another and the world around them.
As Jerome Berryman has described it: “Godly Play is more akin to spiritual direction than religious education.”
Contact: Del Hokanson, Director of Children and Family Ministry