Then Jesus took a little child and put it among his disciples; and taking the chid in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me." —Mark 9:36–37
We believe children are already deeply spiritual and curious about God and His world. Our desire is to nuture this spirituality, to bring children to Jesus so as to help them hear His voice directly from Scripture. We hope to encounter God with our children.
Sundays for Children
On Sundays in each of our services, children age 4 to 5th grade are dismissed to Children's Church before the Liturgy of the Word (the readings of Scripture) and then return to the service in time to participate in Communion. At Children’s Church, the children are divided into two classes: ages 4–7 and ages 8–11. Each class is facilitated by a trained adult leader and assistant. For more information, please contact our Children's Church Coordinator, Katie Beavers.
Each Sunday, the Nursery is provided from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for infants and toddlers up to age three. Nursery services are also provided for most church functions, such as Wednesday night gatherings. Our nursery staff are First Aid/CPR/AED certified by the Red Cross of Tennessee, so you can rest assured that your child is in capable and attentive hands.
Parents and Adult Volunteers
Our ministry to children relies heavily on the dedication of its volunteers. Our safe church policy requires that at least two adults be present at any event involving children under the age of 18. However, for added supervision, we like to ensure that we have a ratio of at least one adult for every four infants or toddlers and at least one adult for every eight children age 3 or above. To meet this goal, we seek the aid of adult volunteers who are eager to connect with children and who would like to help them grow in their faith. Adult volunteers primarily serve as leaders of Children's Church and act as chaperones for special events, but they can also assist in behind-the-scenes roles. Special training is available for all new volunteers and is required of all current volunteers annually.
At present, All Saints has over 70 people trained in our International Diocese Policy Manual for the Protection of Children. That means that 1 in 3 people at the church is trained and aware of how to protect children from incidents of neglect or abuse. We are proud to have such an amazingly prepared and dutiful congregation.