Liturgy Changes: New Order of Service: Hello Church! Starting September 25th, the new order of service will be:
Call to Worship
Songs of Adoration and Confession
Greeting Time (kids dismissed)
New City Catechism
Communion (grade school kids return)
Songs of Response
If you look at the new liturgy, the grade school kids and the grade school volunteers will only miss the Catechism, Scripture Reading, and Sermon--all which are accessible at home for the volunteers or teachable in an accessible way to grade schoolers in Children's Ministry. With the new liturgy, grade school children and grade school volunteers will be a part of more of the worship service.
The reasons why we are doing this include:
-Children are an important part of our congregation and community and we want to worship together with them as much as possible.
-For children to see what church is about, to understand that we consider them a part of us.
-For adults to be reminded of, to build relationships with, and pray for, the children in our midst.
-New liturgy order now allows kids to witness and be a part of Mission Highlight, Communion, Songs of Response, Benediction. This will help spark discussions at home.
-New liturgy order helps grade school volunteers not miss these parts of service.
-Changes only apply to older kids (grade school). Due to the limited capacity of preschoolers and toddlers to understand worship and their parents to be engaged in the worship service while they're with them, the Preschool/Toddler Children's Ministry will remain as is.
-Seats will be reserved for kids by hallway door. Kids will sit together during service with volunteers in these rows. Parents can pick up their children at this time as well.
-Kids will be checked out in the lobby after service (see map below, especially Sunday Coordinators please!).
-During service, for safety, single-use bathroom in hallway by check-in is for children only. Adults should use bigger bathrooms outside.
Please let us know if you have any questions!