The Liturgy of the Word: it can be a lot for young children to take in. Each Sunday in the program year at the 9:00 Family Eucharist, we invite children aged 3 through 8 to join in Children’s Chapel to hear the Word proclaimed in ways they can more readily understand.
Children follow the Second Crucifer (the acolyte carrying the smaller cross) and the Sunday Shepherd out of the main worship space in the Bank Barn and downstairs to the Children’s Chapel room, where caring leaders invite them to worship. Children “set the table,” placing a linen cloth, candles, cross, and Bible on their own altar; they give praise and thanks to God; they sing songs and specially written psalms; they hear and digest God’s Word; and they reinforce what they have learned through a fun activity. Finally, the Sunday Shepherd helps them rejoin their families at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist (at the sign of peace).
All young children are welcome in Children’s Chapel, regardless of their religious background or training, regardless of whether they have been baptized, regardless of whether their families are parishioners at St. Peter’s Church. But for families with young children who wish to keep their children beside them in the “big church” throughout the liturgy, please know that your children are welcome in worship with the grownups too, at any service! To help out, cloth bags containing quiet activities like drawing materials are available near the doors of both the Barn and the Church, if you would like to take one on your way in.