“But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” ~Luke 18:16-17
At Christ the King, children are included in our congregational worship services following the example of Jesus Christ. We want to help children know that we, too, accept them as they are and help them to realize the potential they have as children of God. We believe that, like all matters of faith, worship is caught, not taught. Through their participation in the worship life of the congregation, they will learn through experience about God’s presence in our midst and the rich history of our faith. At the same time children teach adults and awaken an often lost ability to see and experience God through the eyes of a child-like faith.
We understand that, just like everyday life, your experiences in worship change dramatically when you become a parent. The responsibility of teaching your children about worship and nurturing them as they develop a love for God and a desire to worship is a big one and can be challenging. The people of Christ the King seek to fulfill their promises to children in baptism by supporting parents in fulfilling their promises to their children. Below are some ways that Christ the King welcomes children and nurtures their worship experiences.
Worship bags are available for children to use during worship. These bags are located just outside the sanctuary in the children’s corner and are filled with quiet toys, crayons, coloring pages and activity sheets. Please feel free to take one of these bags as you come in for worship.
While we encourage all parents to bring their children with them to worship, we do provide a nursery for those parents who choose to use it. A staffed nursery is available 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. on Sundays (9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. during the summer). The Nursery is located just off the CTK Cafe, which is down the hall across the Entrance Way. Care is provided for newborns through 4 years of age. Caregivers are paid staff with safety certification. Parents using the nursery will receive a small pager to alert them if their child is in need of assistance.