Farragut’s Children’s Church is just exactly what the name would imply: a time of worship and spiritual growth designed just for kids!
During the 11:00 service on 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays, elementary aged children begin the worship service sitting in the sanctuary with their families. We participate in the hymns, prayers, and scripture readings with the rest of the congregation. After the “Word with the Wise” (the children’s sermon), kids in Kindergarten-2nd grade are invited to join Children’s Church in Room A for the rest of the worship service. In Children’s Church, we begin by sharing the Peace of Christ, learn about the elements of worship, the sacraments, and creeds and prayers through object lessons and participatory activities, and end our time together with shared prayers and a responsive blessing.
Our goal is to prepare children to worship as a corporate body with their church family. The emphasis is on educating children on why and how we as Presbyterians worship and helping them get excited about the idea that worship is not just for adults! At the end of their 2nd grade year, students “graduate” from the program. At this time they receive a Bible of their own and are encouraged to participate in the full service each week.
On 1st and 3rd Sundays, all elementary children remain in the sanctuary to participate in the entire worship service. Worship bags are available by the sanctuary doors, and these contain a dry-erase children’s bulletin which allows students, even non-readers, to follow along with the service. A poster-sized copy of this bulletin is located in the front of the sanctuary (pulpit side), and a volunteer each week moves an arrow down the poster as the service progresses to keep the students following along on track.
Nursery care is provided for children who have not yet entered kindergarten. This is available during both services and during the Sunday School hour.