Children and Worship

Families with Children: Come Enjoy “Stories of Jesus” in The Way Station
The Way Statio reopens in April, for more family-friendly faith formation. This train-themed spirituality center, located in S104, is a peaceful place to learn Bible stories and prayer practices. 

Drop by any time after Easter for self-guided time, or join us on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 until 6:30, when Conductors will offer tasty treats for visitors:
April 8: Hot Cross Buns
April 15: Rooster Bread
April 22: Earth Bread
April 29: New Life Bread

The Way Station is best enjoyed by caregiver/child pairs, in groups of up to 8 people at a time. Reserve Wednesday time slots by signing up on a clipboard outside the door, or come and ask the Conductor if the train can take more passengers.

All Aboard! Don’t miss the “Stories of Jesus” in The Way Station! 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.

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, staff.

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
Open during Weekday School hours and on Sundays until 1:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Gwen Whiteman . Children to the Lord’s Table
Children in the 3rd through the 5th grade along with their parents are invited to attend the Welcoming Children to the Lord’s Table Workshop. The workshop begins in C200 with a family game. Later, there will be bread making, time for discussion and practice taking communion. The workshop concludes with a family spaghetti supper. Children who attend this workshop will be recognized in worship. Questions? Contact Tracey Daniel  919-834-3425, ext. 247

Workshops for Second Graders & Parents 
In November, secongraders and their parents participated in a series of three Worship Workshops. The workshops included music, crafts, and games as second graders learned about congregational worship and developed skills for children’s participation in worship. Second graders were welcomed into worship and received their own Bible