The nurturing of a child's faith begins at home. At Knox, we recognize parents and guardians as the child's first and primary faith teacher. Faith nurturing is a journey that encompasses a path of discovery for both the children and the adults Knox supports and encourages parents in the role of leader for this discovery. Our Children's Ministry comes along side of parents providing programs and events for both children and families.
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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.
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) We welcome everyone's presence!
Children participate in the worship services as:
- 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 & plenty of Children's Bibles to help keep them busy.
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 are included in God's covenant and welcomed into the community of faith through their baptism.
Communion is the joyful feast of the people of God. All 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!