What will this look like?
Rather than taking your 3-year-olds to the nursery, they will now join us in the beginning of the Sunday morning corporate worship service, and the nursery will be reserved for kiddos 0–2. When children are called forward for Children’s Worship before the offering, 3s will gather and walk with their leaders to their room. Prior to communion, children will return through those same doors and sit with their leaders in the front until they are met by a parent or guardian.
What will this feel like for the 3s?
If you’ve ever attended Children’s Worship for “big kids,” it will feel familiar! We will utilize the same Godly Play curriculum, and are particularly excited about inviting our 3s on the journey of hearing, watching, touching, and exploring the stories of scripture! Our time together will include a structured “circle time” of singing, Bible storytelling, and prayer, and then children will be invited to respond through art and play.
What if you’re a parent of a 3-year-old?
We understand that the switch from nursery represents a major transition for your child. However, we are so excited to have them join the larger Redeemer community in the sanctuary during worship, and believe that our covenant children are indispensable to the life of the church. Please know that we expect noise and movement, and that they (and you!) belong in this space! Maybe even consider sitting closer to the front where it’s easier for your child to see what’s going on. That said, if you have concerns about this transition for your child, please don’t hesitate to speak with Darby Chodakowski [email@example.com] or Nikki Reed [firstname.lastname@example.org]. We are committed to finding a life-giving way for your whole family to engage on Sunday mornings at Redeemer!
Lastly, we are aware that some 3s may be more comfortable in Children’s Worship with a parent present. Please know that you are always welcome. The space is small, so we will be working toward helping our children gain independence, but it is also important to us that children feel safe. If you do attend, you may have questions or thoughts about our time together, and we would love to talk with you after worship.
What if you’re not the parent of a 3-year-old?
You may have noticed a lot of children in the worship service, and this is woven into the very DNA of Redeemer. Just as Jesus welcomed little children to himself, so we welcome children into our Sunday morning worship space. During baptisms we take vows as a congregation to help raise and nurture our covenant children, and their presence in our worship service is an outgrowth of those vows. These early years are establishing a foundation for their attitudes and feelings about belonging to a spiritual community, so let’s show them, and their families, grace and welcome!
Questions? Contact Darby Chodakowski
Redeemer Nursery and 3s Children’s Worship Coordinator