Sunday School Attendance
Children and teens are encouraged to attend Sunday School regularly during the months classes are in session: September through May. Classes start promptly at 10:15 A.M., 15 minutes BEFORE the 10:30 A.M. service of worship, and end about 55 minutes later, allowing children and teens to join their parents for the celebration of the Eucharist. Parents are asked to do the following to encourage their children’s life of faith:
- Show interest; discuss what they do in Sunday School.
- Bring them on time. Teachers will be ready to receive children and teens at 10:00 A.M. so that classes can begin on time.
- Set an example by attending church regularly.
- Volunteer as a substitute teacher, teacher’s aide, or to help with special occasional activities.
Help a Child Prepare for Worship
“These words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
- Do not rush prior to morning worship. Your presence is more important than combed hair and frilly dresses. Your children will reflect your relaxed mood.
- Allow for a drink and bathroom time before worship.
- Practice the Lord’s Prayer at bedtime. You can read it from Luke 11. You may like to use the “Doxology” as a table blessing.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- Try to anticipate events in the Church, changes in the Church season, and changes in the colors. For example, Easter, Christmas, Lent, Advent, and Pentecost.
- After the service discuss what happened. Emphasize the positive, happy things in worship. Listen to your child’s comments and questions.
- Take an active part as a family in the worship service: serve as greeters, meet new members, watch for seasonal opportunities (Advent candle lighting, Lenten dinners).
- Encourage your children to greet other members especially during the Peace. When you make introductions, always introduce your children and introduce yourself to other people’s children.
- Do not let worship be a Sunday morning only experience. Let God’s love for you be evident in daily living and growing as a family.
- Make Sunday worship a regular part of the time you spend with your children.
- Make a special “family” activity after the worship service.
Help a Child Experience Worship
“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)
- If your children will remain for the entire service, help them further contribute by making sure they have their own offering, no matter how small.
- Number the events in the order of worship. As the worship service progresses, ask the child to check these off in the bulletin.
- During the pre-service music, help your child locate hymns, Psalms, and responses in the bulletin, Book of Common Prayer, and Hymnal. (i.e., underline the hymns in the bulletin, use the page markers in the Book of Common Prayer, etc.)
- Members of the congregation are requested to greet children early before and after the service so that the children may feel totally included.
- Upon entering church, pick up a bulletin for your child. Choose a seat that is close to the front or the center aisle, where the child can see.
- Point out any announcements that pertain to the family for the coming week.
- Assist your child in singing the hymns by using the bulletin to underline stanzas. Do not be embarrassed to sit during the hymns to help point out words to your child. Correct reading is not important. The goal is participation by the child.
- Our denomination endorses and encourages the participation of all baptized children in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.