Young Worship Tool Box

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Church culture change is hard! Our congregation had Sunday School at the same time as worship for decades. That changed almost 10 years ago, but we are still finding that families have a hard time feeling welcome in worship. The culture for including children has not yet changed. A team of people decided to make some small steps to work on that.

First, we added a “rock and bounce” area in the narthex. A couple of rocking chairs and space to walk with a fussy baby while still being in the worship space. Next came a small activity table (also in the narthex) suited well for toddlers and preschoolers. Paper, crayons, children’s Bibles, and a rotation of play dough, pipe cleaners, or foam building blocks entered the scene. Then came “wiggle worship”—a session for 10 minutes during the sermon time when children ages 2-4 can go have an activity together…

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