Church of the Redeemer embraces children as participants in the life of the church. Not only are they capable of great faith, Jesus taught us that children can bless adults in their faith communities through the picture they portray of a right posture before God. There is something about the kingdom we do not understand without the example of dependence, trust, openness, and transcendence that children provide. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Matt.19:14, NIV) are words which continue to issue a challenge to us today as we seek to understand Jesus’ heart for the children and the radical nature of the kingdom their example reveals.
Through their integration in the worship and life of the whole community, as well as by giving opportunities each week to gather with their peers, we make investing in the church’s children a priority and want to bless the children in our midst with the nurture and instruction God commands every generation to give the next (Ps. 78), laying a foundation early in the lives of this growing generation of Christ-followers.
Faith formation happens best through a partnership between church and home. We seek to encourage parents in their own lives of faith and equip them for the spiritual role they play in their children’s. We also believe that the whole family of God—other adults, parents, youth, and children—has a part to play in a child’s growth in faith.
Infants and Toddlers
During our worship services we provide a place for infants and toddlers to play and rest. The nursery opens at 4:15 p.m. and remains open until the beginning of the communion liturgy. Parents will be contacted by text message if there is a need for them during the service. Parents are asked to pick up their children from the nursery during announcements so that they may join the rest of the Church Family for Communion each week.
Preschoolers and Elementary-Aged Children
Children three years old through 6th grade begin in the Fellowship Hall at 4:15 for a time of worship before dividing into their Kids of the Redeemer classes where there are opportunities for children to gather in small groups each week with their peers to engage the scriptures, respond, pray and be strengthened by growing friendships.
Children will return to the service during announcements to participate in Communion with their families.
We pray that children at every stage of their spiritual journey will know the love of the Father, grow in their love for Jesus, and show the love of Jesus in the power of the Spirit. Children’s Leaders pray for each child to know and claim their place in God’s story as His beloved.