We include children in many aspects of our weekly worship through the following activities
Acolytes – The acolytes are drawn from the youth of the parish. They are trained first to serve as torch-bearers, carrying lighted torches in procession to mark significant space and moments in worship. When they are older they graduate to serve as crucifers, carrying the processional cross and leading the procession.
Readers – we encourage our young people to participate in the service through reading
Jr Ushers – our young people assist our ushers to welcome people and guide them through the service. They also assist in bringing gifts to the altar.
Children’s Chapel offers children the experience of prayer and worship, readings and discussion appropriate to their level. Our young people begin Sunday morning service at 10:15am in the church with their families. At the Collect children ages 5-13 years old process to St David’s Hall where they read together the Liturgy of the Word, a Bible passage for the day and engage in discussion that promotes understanding on different levels. In this group setting, usually with several adults, they offer personal prayers and discuss concerns in their lives from a perspective of faith. The lessons are reinforced with an activity or craft project. In this setting the young people also discuss projects and make plans for activities at church such as keeping a garden or social events like a swim party. The children return to the service and their families at the Peace.
Nursery – For pre-school age children the Nursery in the back of the church is staffed during the 10:15 service.
Our children also participate in various seasonal activities such as St Francis Day and the Blessing of the Animals and the Christmas and Easter Pageant.