Worship at Central Lutheran is CROSS-generational. On any given Sunday you will see 3 generations of one family sitting in the same pew. And of course, among those generations, there are children. You will hear a chorus of laughter, crying, and fidgeting from children in worship at Central. And for these children (and their parents!), we give thanks.
Whether you bring children with you to worship, or you find yourself sitting near children, we hope you will give thanks for the opportunity to worship together, a CROSS the generations.
Parents of young children: We are so glad that you are here, and that you brought your children with you! Thank you. A few suggestions for your worship experience:
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; but don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house.
- It can be helpful to sit toward the front where it is easier for children to see and hear. But either way, sit in worship where you feel comfortable.
- Sing hymns loudly, pray, and voice the response with enthusiasm. Children learn behavior by copying you. If you are excited about God, they will be too!
- There are Story Bibles in the pews and your child is welcome to read, look at, and use this Bible like all the other adults during worship! And if you would like to take one home, talk to Pastor Aaron.
- Teach children some of the basic prayers; being able to join in with the prayers helps them feel they are contributing too. Also, it can be helpful to explain to your child what is happening during the service.
- Attend worship often, children like and need routines where they can participate.
- And if you need to take a break, feel free to use the Haven. This is a space in which your child can play. BUT there is also a television for you to still participate in worship.
To those who are sitting near worshiping parents and children: A smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small, active children! And don't forget to greet the little ones. Get to know the family!
Jesus welcomed the little children and so do we. Whether talking, crying, laughing, dancing, or singing, the sounds of children in worship are joyful songs of praise.