Sundays for Children
Children ages three to ten years old are invited during our service to engage in a conversation with our Priest to Families, after which they are dismissed to go to Children's Church. At Children’s Church, the children continue the liturgy of our adult service at a level appropriate for their age: they hear a Bible story based on the lectionary readings, recite the Apostles' Creed, pray and confess sins together, and then complete a craft related to the day’s story. The children then return to the service during the Offertory Hymn in time to particpate in Communion.
Each Sunday, nursery services are 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.
Children’s Ministry Events and Family Activities
Throughout the year, our church hosts events designed to encourage family bonding and child development. Most children’s events are geared toward children ages 3–10 and do not require the attendance of parents. However, some events benefit from the presence of one or both parents, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Family Picnic, or Fall Camp Out. Please see the Calendar for more details about upcoming children's events.
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--we as a church clearly value the safety of our young people!
If you are the parent of a young person or are an interested congregant eighteen years or older, and you would like to know how you can be more involved in the Children’s Ministry at All Saints, please email Fr. Brian Larsen Wells.
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