Participation During Worship
We believe that our young people are a part of the congregation and they are regularly invited to lead worship in ways that bring them joy. This includes playing a musical instrument or singing with our choir, leading liturgy, lighting candles, or reading scripture. We welcome and celebrate the gifts they bring to our congregation!
Sunday School is held during the Sunday morning worship service. The young folks stay about a third of the way through worship, and then go with two volutneers to dive into the scripture in an interactive way.
Topics covered recently include the meaning of Lent and different types of Christian denominations. In addition to studying Bible lessons, there are also community service opportunities during Sunday School. These include making a dozen fleece-tied blankets for Seattle Children’s Hospital, making/delivering hygiene kits and nutrition packs to the homeless community and making/delivering care packages for our senior-citizen and college student members that can’t attend church in person. If we are only online one Sunday, the children participate in the Zoom church service and share their highs and lows for the week, then they break away with the Children/Youth Leader for a service and activity.
Youth Group for 6th to 12th grade students is currently combined with the Sunday School. The youth stay in the church service or go with the Children/Youth Leader along with the elementary-aged kids. Bible lessons, activities, and service projects are adapted to be age appropriate, and the older students help the younger ones. There are intergenerational service activities including technical support and helping to set up for church and music services. If we are only online one Sunday, the youth group meets via Zoom. During online Sunday School, they have learned, cooked, crafted, written letters and played games together to maintain and even improve the connectedness of the group while distanced.