One of our parishioners at Church of the Redeemer said, “I do love to have more children during services. What are we doing to help them stay engaged?”
The answer is: lots of things.
- Sunday paper — There are two different handouts for children, depending on their age. The handouts mirror the readings for the day, thus providing the children a way to be involved. Parents and children have the same topic and discussions can continue outside of church.
- Canvas bags — You will see youngsters of all ages with a canvas bag during worship. Inside is a clipboard with the Sunday Paper and other handouts relating to the Gospel for that Sunday, along with crayons and a pencil for them to use. The Sunday Paper for ages 9 or older is located next to the basket of canvas bags, to pick up along with the canvas bag of educational activities.
- Colorful Cloth Activity Bags — There are also activity bags for the very youngest of our worshipers with age-appropriate books and a stuffed animal.
All these materials to engage children are available in the narthex (main entry hall) across from the greeter. They are on the lower shelf so they can access the materials themselves.
If you attend the 10:30 am service, you have seen the children participating in the offertory. They join the ushers in presenting the gifts to actively involve them in the worship service. The value of this engagement can be seen on the faces of our youngest as they participate. This is just the start as they grow and learn in their faith.
—Sarah Phillips, Education Steering Committee Member
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. And, we managed to hide a large building on the side of a hill that is not easily seen from the street.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you.