Children and Worship
Children and Worship
Worship is the heart of our life as a community of faith. Families that worship together are teaching their children what it means to be a people of faith.
White Memorial embraces children as part of the worshipping community. When you are in worship with your child, be sure to ask the ushers for a Children in Worship Kit and a children's bulletin. We also have a children’s book cart in the Jane Bell Gathering Space. The Caldwell Book Cart has children’s Bibles and other books to use during worship.
Nurseries for the very young are provided at all three services. See Childcare/Nursery for more information.
During the 9:30 worship hour, children are encouraged to participate in Church School classes beginning September 8 and running through the Sunday before Memorial Day.
Worship Workshops for Second Graders & Parents
On November 2, 9, and 16, second graders and their parents are invited to a series of three Worship Workshops from 9:30 – 10:30 in Pickard Hall. The workshops will include music, crafts, and games as second graders learn about congregational worship and develop skills for children’s participation in worship. Parents will engage in discussions about family worship. Each workshop will focus on different aspects of worship, so we encourage families to attend all three. These workshops will take the place of Church School for second graders. Please register by calling Tonya Higgins at (919) 834-3425, ext. 216 or register online. On November 16 at the 11:00 service, the children will be formally welcomed as participants in worship and will receive personal Bibles.
The Child’s Way with Godly Play -- 11:00 Childcare for Age-Levels 3 and 4
This children’s ministry program cares for age-level 3 and 4 children whose families attend 9:30 Church School and stay for 11:00 worship. The Child’s Way features variety of spiritual formation activities to help young children grow in relationship to God and learn to worship. Beginning the Sunday after Labor Day and running through the Sunday before Memorial Day. Contact Gwen Whiteman.
At 11:00 worship, kindergartners and first graders (second graders through November) are present through A Time with the Younger Church. After this, they exit with designated leaders to the Children in Worship class (located in L215) for worship-related activities, September through May. Lynn Springfield , staff.
The Blessings Room --
A Children's Spirituality Center
Located in L208/9, The Blessings Room is:
- A place to read, relax, and refresh
- A place to be with God
- A place to enjoy God’s gift of food
- A place to discover more about prayer
- A place to come and know that God loves you – very, very much
Grow Your Family’s Faith in a Creative Setting: The Way Station
Visit White Memorial’s Way Station – a train-themed activity center located in S104 that is designed to guide parents and children in ways to pray and grow closer to God.
Space is limited so stop by S104 to sign up for your journey – there’s a clipboard outside the door. You may also check with the Conductor on any open Wednesday, to see if the train can take more passengers. Children should be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Welcoming Children to the Lord's Table Workshop