Children and Worship
Faith United remains very active during the Pandemic. Out of love and care for everyone’s safety and well-being, virtually every ministry activity has continued in a way that is safe. We invite you to get connected through one or more of the many opportunities at Faith United and join us online for our Sunday Worship, Wednesday Night Live and our many programs, groups, and activities for adults, youth and children. Check back often for the latest updates.
Sunday morning worship services are at 8:30 and 11:00 in the Sanctuary (traditional), 9:45 in the Family Life Center (modern worship). Children begin in worship with their families and then following the children’s message (9:45 and 11:00) are invited to Sunday School. Sunday School for children is available at both 9:45 and 11:00 am. Children are also welcome to remain in worship with their families and attend Sunday School during the next worship hour.
Several times per year we offer "All in Worship" Sundays so children, families and the congregation learn and worship together. Children are also invited to serve in worship as acolytes, liturgists and participate in special services throughout the year. Our hope is to provide a variety of choices for families. Look for more information at our Children’s Welcome Table and find worship activities for all ages at our Worship Engagement Shelf.
Children and Communion
The United Methodist Church practices open Communion not limited to an age. What a blessing it is to think that our children may never know a time they weren’t welcome at the Lord’s Table! Communion is served on the first Sunday of the month at Faith United. Children may leave for Sunday School at the beginning of the service and return to worship at the end of the service so families can share Communion together.
Faith United values creating opportunities for children and families to experience Christ and explore their faith questions. Come-Union is an opportunity for Pastors Steve and Cara and our staff to spend a few moments with you and your children to answer questions you or they may have about the sacrament of Communion as the leftover bread and juice is consumed. This is a tangible and symbolic way to experience the abundance of God’s grace as it overflows from the Lord’s Table.
Family Prayer Ground
At Faith United, we welcome children of all ages as important members of the body of Christ, and we welcome the sounds and activity that accompany their wiggles and their wonder as they learn about God! There are a number of spaces and activities designed for children to experience and participate in worship according to their need. Coming to Faith United’s 9:45 Modern Worship this September will be one new option, the Family Prayer Ground! The Family Prayer Ground will be located in the front-right section of the Family Life Center. Because kids are short and pay more attention when they can see what’s going on, this area in the front of our worship space is designed for children to quietly engage in age-appropriate activities while experiencing worship along with their families. The Family Prayer Ground will consist of carpet squares, two small tables with child-sized chairs, and worship manipulatives from our Worship Engagement shelf. Rocking chairs will be available at the Family Prayer Ground for parents and grandparents.
In an effort to accommodate the variety of needs of families, the Family Prayer Ground will be an option for families in addition to our staffed Nursery and Sunday School programs. Faith United’s Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts Ministry Teams have been collaborating, planning and preparing for our Family Prayer Ground over the last several years and are excited to see this come to fruition with funding from the Rhonda Wozny Memorial. Rhonda loved children and supporting them and learning from them as they experienced God.
Because Faith United recognizes and values that God created each of us to be special and unique, we provide a variety of sensory manipulatives for worship and classroom use. Weighted animals, finger labyrinths, fidgets, noise reducing headphones, flexible seating, and worship manipulatives are available so all persons can find comfort as they worship and learn and grow in faith. We are Sensory Inclusive Certified with KultureCity.
Wednesday Night Faith Connections
Wednesday Night Faith Connections is a mid-week opportunity for worship, fellowship, fun and study for all ages. The evening begins with a meal and worship experience at 6:00 pm followed by programs, activities and studies for children, youth and adults.
A new intergenerational experience for all ages to worship, learn, and grow together!
Messy Church is an interactive worship experience where people of all ages engage with the day's Bible story through a variety of hands-on art and creative activities followed by a time of learning and worship and then end our time together with dinner. Second Sunday of the month at 4:00 pm.
Joyful Noise Children’s Choir, Wednesday’s 5:15-6:00. Children in grades K-5 are welcome to join us for a fun musical experience! If you like music, this is for you! Continue on after choir with dinner and the other Wednesday activities Faith Church offers. Praising God in song, Sandy Wallace, Joyful Noise Director