Ministry to Children & Youth
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
At Restoration, we value children’s participation in our worship and community life. Their curiosity, child-like faith, and energy are a gift to our whole church family, and the wisdom, guidance, and hospitality of the congregation is a gift to children. They are always welcome in every part of our worship service. Because children learn differently than adults, we also offer a nursery and children’s ministry.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives and hearts of children, and we partner in this by creating spaces for worship, learning, and prayer.
Newborns - 36 months
Childcare workers are available through the entirety of the service and provide a safe caring space for infants and toddlers. Three year olds also participate in a Bible lesson during the sermon. Children age 0-3 may be dropped off at any point before or during the service; many families choose to pick up their children for the Eucharist.
Preschool - Sixth Grade
Children of preschool aged through 6th grade are divided into three classes: Threes-Kindergarten, First-Third Grades, and Fourth-Sixth grades.
Children in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade are blessed and dismissed after the Gospel reading for a time of learning and reflection. Our curriculum loosely follows the liturgical seasons and focuses on introducing children to the character of God, wondering together about the story, and spending time in personal reflection and engagement with the Holy Spirit.
Older elementary school children are invited to join a class that continues to build biblical literacy and introduces spiritual disciplines in age-appropriate ways. Older elementary children sometimes choose to stay with their families instead of join this time which we think is wonderful! They are always welcome but never obligated.
For other questions regarding Children's Ministry contact our Children's Ministry Director Robin Floch.