Your children are precious to God, and to us. At Our Saviour, this is how we feel about children and act towards them.
- Growing hearts—At the core is our desire to help children grow closer to Jesus. We use the stories of the Bible to lead them to know how much God loves them.
- Giving grace—Children’s contributions are valued. We want them to learn that they can make a positive impact on the lives of others through service, sharing God’s word, praying for others and blessing them.
- Together—It is important that children learn in age-appropriate ways and in relationship with their peers and adults, especially their families. We want them involved in the whole life of the community to both strengthen it and receive from it. Friendships with others and having fun together are core learning environments for our ministry.
Babies and toddlers
Relax! Your children are very welcome—a treasured part of our congregation, and their noise and action are a natural part of their presence among us.
Make worship a special time for you and your little ones. It’s a chance for cuddles and lap-time, for feeling the warmth of being together and in God’s house.
Show your children the special features around them—the candles, the chapel furniture, the cross. As they grow, help them to feel involved in prayer time and singing. Bring them to the front for the children’s talks (designed just for them) and for holy communion, where they will receive a special blessing.
We understand that your child needs to learn about worship time, and that this can often be a struggle. Be gentle on yourself and your child. If you need to withdraw, use the prayer room at the back of the chapel, where you should be able to hear the service while your child settles. There is also a toilet and baby change area. As soon as you are able, return to the church and try again. Many of us have been through the same process; we know that it’s hard work.
If you miss part of the sermon, you can take a printed copy home or look for the podcast elsewhere on this website.
We would love your children to be part of our worship time. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it.
Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don’t feel you have to restrain them in God’s house.
Children learn the joy of worship from you. Sing the hymns, pray, voice the responses. Allow your love for worship and the members of this church family to shine through.
Use a gentle touch—an arm around your child’s shoulder, your hand in theirs to give reassurance and appropriate attention.
Explain quietly the parts of the service. It’s okay if young children stand on the seat to see to the front—especially for baptisms and our sacred dances.
Even though the words are on the screen, beginner readers find it easier to read from a book, with your finger following the words for them. Look for a worship booklet on the entry table. Ask one of our staff or helpers to put a booklet aside for you each week.
Use the children’s activity folders (collect at entry table)—word puzzles, mazes and colouring-in options.
Some parents find that sitting towards the front of the church allows their child to see more and feel more involved. You are welcome to try this. Please bring your child up to the altar for children’s talks; they are fun and aimed just for them.
Remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. Let them know they are at home with their church family during the worship service.