Children in Worship

All Children are Welcome

At Fairlington United Methodist Church, all children are welcome as full participants in the worship life of the church.  Children are invited to be as much a part of worship as their families believe they can be.  To support children in worship, we offer numerous opportunities for children to engage at their developmental level.  But, whatever their level of engagement, all children are invited to find a place in the sanctuary.

Our Family Room

Families with infants and toddlers who need a separate space are invited to our Family Room in the balcony.  The Family Room is a sound proof space where infants and toddlers can move around and make the noise they make. Parents can be with their children, and still feel a part of worship while they are here.  There is also a space for nursing mothers.

Our Nursery

There is also a Nursery available for infants and toddlers during all worship services.  The Nursery is staffed by a paid professional, and assisted by trained volunteers dedicated to caring for your child.  Ms. Sabina, our Nursery Worker, is eager to get to know your child and to care for her or him while you take time to refresh and renew in worship.  If you are hesitant about leaving your child in the Nursery, parents are invited to stop and spend some time there.  Get to know Ms. Sabina and introduce your child to the space.  We are here to support you in the transition.

Engaging Kids

For Preschool and Elementary aged children, we offer numerous learning experiences for them to begin to learn how we worship.  Parents can review the Parent's Guide for Children in Worship which gives parents ideas about how to engage children in worship.  We also offer Kid’s Packs for children.  These are kid friendly items available in the Narthex with age appropriate Bibles and drawing supplies.  Parents can also pick up Children’s Bulletins which provide simple activities for the children to complete, activities that are connected to the worship service.

"Let the Children Come"

There is also a special time during worship, “Let the Children Come”, in which children are invited forward to the front of the church during the worship service.  During this time, one of the Pastors or a trained lay worship leader offers the children a time of reflection connected to the day’s scripture in an age appropriate way.  This allows the children to hear and experience the Good News in a way that they can understand.

Children's Church

We also offer our children ages 3-7 the opportunity to attend Children’s Church.  Immediately following “Let the Children Come”, children are invited to Room 210, for a more active time of worship led by a team of trained teachers.  Children are offered a few minutes of play, which is then followed by a learning experience that engages the children in the scripture of the day.

Communion

Regardless of age, all children are invited forward to receive Communion.  Pastors and Communion servers will assist children in the process when they come forward.  For children, Communion is an expression of God’s love for them.  Infants are invited forward to receive a blessing from the Pastors.

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Reconciling Congregation with open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We proclaim and welcome every person as a beloved child of God regardless of age, race, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure, faith history, or life experience.

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