We treasure children at Providence PCA and encourage parents/guardians to keep their children with them during the worship service for as long as they choose, so that the children may learn what it means to worship God. It is our hope that children will hear the pastor’s welcome, songs, scripture readings, prayers, and participate in corporate worship as much as possible.
We realize that each child is different, and if parents/guardians choose to have their children go to Children’s Worship/Nursery during the sermon, we welcome the opportunity to teach the children and get to know them. But, if parents/guardians prefer, children are certainly welcome to remain for the whole worship service.
We want to welcome children as Jesus did. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
(Mark 10:14b, 16, ESV)
We are also told in Deuteronomy to teach our children and grandchildren about the marvelous things God has done, and remember His words to us, so that the children may love and serve God, too. Therefore, we share God’s Word and His love with the children during Children’s Worship/Nursery and when we interact with them at other times.
Children’s Worship/Nursery is available during the sermon for infants and children through five years of age. Children may exit with their parent/guardian to the nursery area prior to the sermon and be signed-in.
We want children to grow to love Jesus and God’s Word, the Bible. So, a Bible story is read to the children, and a coloring page and/or activity and song are shared and enjoyed together. Then, if time permits, there is unstructured play. Children are taught and lovingly cared for by two Children’s Worship leaders, who are members of our church. After the sermon, parents/guardians are asked to pick up their children during the song and return to worship with them for the remainder of the service.