During the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services, after the reading of the Gospel, young children are invited to join the procession downstairs to the Chapel of the Nativity for Children’s Chapel. While upstairs in church the sermon, the Nicene Creed, the Prayers of the People, and the Confession are happening, the children engage in parallel activities of their own for about 20 minutes in Children’s Chapel – where movement, noise, and questions are expected and encouraged as a matter of course. Children’s Chapel is meant for children roughly 3-8; they should be able to sit in a circle and listen to a story or engage simple activities. There is also nursery care available for younger toddlers.
Children’s Chapel is led by a team of rotating Leaders and Shepherds who plan activities using the same structure of setting the sacred space by lighting a candle, opening with prayer, leading a homily activity, inviting children into prayer and confession, and then closing in song. The children return upstairs to the church at the time of the Peace.
Of course, children are welcome to stay with their parents in the sanctuary, and parents are invited to accompany their child to Children’s Chapel as they get used to the new setting.