Godly Play is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19
What is Godly Play? How can we better shepherd small humans in faith?
Whether they are in your pew or in your house or in your family, we want to partner with you on how to shape faith early and often.
Join us for an evening of sharing and learning and experiencing.
Godly Play is a method of Christian education and spiritual direction for children. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language - parable, sacred story, silence, and liturgical action - to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence in their lives.
Godly Play is a way of being with children.
A Godly Play classroom is a sacred space.
Godly Play is deeply grounded in our spiritual traditions.
Godly Play is innovative.
If you are a “grown-up” and want to learn more about Godly Play and/or faith development, we encourage you to join us in Bayless Hall on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm to experience God’s word in this manner. Kercida will lead us in this time together. Snacks and child care will be provided!
Children in Worship
Children are welcome at all of our worship services. A special Children’s Message is given at the 8:15 and 11:00 service. Check out the Children's Worship Supplies located in just inside the Sanctuary to the left. It is stocked full of coloring and activity sheets that relate to the Scripture readings, fun "sermon notes" for active learning and other fun items for those needing something to fidget with during the service. There are also a few baskets located in the back full of clipboards with activities. Spending time in worship is important for little ones, but if you are looking for a little more wiggle room, the Nursery is open for children for children 5 years and younger during the 8:15/11:00. Sunday School is available during the 9:30 service for all ages.
We encourage you to talk to your child about bringing an offering to Sunday School each week. This is an excellent way to help your child form a good habit of "giving back" to God. A time will be set aside during class each week to pray over and recognize the offerings received. Each week, it will be handed over to support our church's Mission of the Month. Parents: please help your children understand the importance of contributing to the mission and ministries of their church by taking a minute to explain the process to them. We believe that the act of financial giving is an important part of the faith journey that Christians walk throughout their lives. Being generous with our blessings is a spiritual act that is encouraged in the Bible. With your help our children will start to see their donations as a way of taking ownership in our churches amazing ministries and programs. Remember: There is no amount that is too small! :)
Mandatory Acolyte Training
More than just lighting a candle….acolytes are an important part in the worship services at Windcrest United Methodist Church. For years, light and fire have reminded people that God is here with us. When an acolyte carries the light into the place where people are gathering to worship, they are reminding people that God is with us. And when the acolyte carries the light out they remind us that God goes with us to our home, our work, or our school. Children & Youth in 3rd and older are encouraged to participate in the worship service by becoming an acolyte. Acolyte Training is Sunday, September 29th from 12-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Meet in Bayless Hall. You will be dismissed from the Sanctuary.
Dear Parents With Young Children in Church
You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.
watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them. click here for more
Why Children Belong in the Sanctuary
Many congregations today plan for children to be anywhere else rather than in the congregation’s worship. Sunday School is held at the same time. Children’s Churches are created to provide children with worship on their own level. (Some larger congregations provide a series children’s worship experiences for young children, older elementary children, and youth thus making what happens in the sanctuary "adult church." ) Still other congregations simply provide recreation activities to keep the children out of the sanctuary. click here for more.
Encourage Bible reading at home
Parents are the primary spiritual leaders in their child's life.
Model the importance of bible study - Let your child see you reading your Bible
Make sure everyone in the family has their own Bible
Take your Bible to church and encourage your children to take their Bibles to church.
Help your older children plan a specific time for their own personal quiet time.
Use car rides or dinner conversation to discuss what they have been reading in the Bible.
Do family devotionals -there are a lot on-line for free.