Children and Worship
Nursery Care? Worshipping with Your Young Child?
Infants through children who turned 2 after September 1, 2013 find a safe, nurturing environment in our Luther building nursery hall at all worship hours.
Children who turned 2 prior to September 1, 2013 attend Church School during the 9:30 hour (currently these children are 3 or will soon be 3). Nursery care is provided during 8:15 and 11:00
Do you have a child who turned 3 prior to September 1, 2013? Children who are almost 4 or older may attend 9:30 Church School and worship at 8:15 and 11:00. Worship bags and children’s
bulletins are available for worship. At 11:00, all children are invited forward for A Time with the Younger Church.
Families who prefer a more flexible worship area enjoy the Jane Bell Gathering Space, where our children’s corner offers a library cart (Caldwell Cart) and quiet toys. Adult helpers assist at 11:00 in the children’s corner during summer months.
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.
Welcoming Children to the Lord's Table Workshop
Children in third, fourth, and fifth grades and their parents are invited to participate in our Communion Workshop on Sunday, September 28, from 5:00 - 7:15 p.m. We will start in C200 and later will eat supper together for $5.00 per person. To register for the workshop and to make childcare reservations for younger siblings, please call Tonya Higgins at (919) 834-3425, ext. 216 or register online by September 23. Baptized children who attend the workshop will be invited to share in communion with their families on October 5 at the 11:00 service, including an opportunity for baptism on those days. This workshop will be repeated on January 25, 2015.
Questions? Contact Tracey Daniel 919-834-3425, ext. 247
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
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.