Nurturing a Child's Faith

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Nurturing a Child's Faith

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A child’s parents or guardians are their first and primary faith teachers. Faith nurturing is a journey of discovery for both the children and the adults. The church wants to support and encourage parents in the role of leader for this discovery. The Children’s Ministry at Knox comes along side of parents providing programs and events for both children and families.

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What can a child learn in Sunday School?

Worshiping with Children

The Sacraments and Children

What can a child learn in Sunday School?

Preschool Children are full of wonder and open to discovery. While hearing Bible stories, they learn about God and Church. They develop a sense for the depth of God’s love for them.

Grade School Children are beginning their self-discovery. They are working out their connection to others and their world. At Sunday School, they hear Bible Stories then through various activities, they explore the story’s meaning for them and how to share the story’s message with the world. As they become acquainted with God’s love and faithfulness, grade school children can grow confident of their importance to God.

Middle School Youth can understand God as a companion who goes through life with them. These youth are encouraged in the development of their values and a commitment to their faith.

Worshiping with Children

At Knox Presbyterian Church, we affirm that children are important members of our worshiping community and should feel that they belong to the church family.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Luke 18:16 (NIV)

Children have gifts to share with older members of the Knox family, and in turn, older members have much to share with our younger members. We welcome everyone's presence!

Children participate in the worship services as:

  • worshipers
  • acolytes to light the candles on the chancel at the beginning of the 9:00 Worship Service
  • scripture readers at both the 9:00 and the 10:30 Worship Services.
  • providing special music as individuals and as part of our Children’s Choirs
  • for children who want to stay in the Sanctuary for worship we have prepared worship bags to help keep them busy.

Worship is an essential of our faith. Sunday School starts after children have participated in the beginning of our Worship Services. In Sunday School, children are taught about Worship and encouraged to Worship. Children may not realize it but we also worship in Sunday School. Sunday School classes end with prayer and other worship activities.

The Sacraments and Children

Baptism is a sign of God's promises, assuring us of God's love and of our belonging to Him. The water symbolizes forgiveness, new birth, and participation in Christ's death and resurrection. It incorporates us into the community of the Church and the work of the Holy Spirit. Children of believing parents are included in God's covenant and accepted into the community of faith through their baptism.
 
Communion is the joyful feast of the people of God. All baptized Christians are invited to the table. At Knox, Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month and on special liturgical dates. This invitation includes children of all ages, although the time at which a child first takes communion is a family decision. At Knox, an elaborate understanding of the meaning of the Sacrament of Communion is not a prerequisite to partaking of it. We feel it is important to let children know that God loves them, and that they are members of God’s family. They are welcome at the family table!

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