Children in Worship

This, this is where children belong,
Welcomed as part of the worshiping throng.
Water, God’s Word,
bread and cup, prayer and song:
This is where children belong.
— James Ritchie
© Abingdon Press, admin. By the Copyright Co.

Kids of all ages, with all of their wiggles, shouts, giggles and tears, are welcome in our worship services. Children’s bulletins and worship bags are available from the ushers or near the entrance to the sanctuary. A table of art supplies is located at the entrance to the balcony for children to use to worship creatively.

Other services include:

Nursery Care

Our nursery is located on the second floor in room 208, and is available for the following ages:
8:30am Worship — infants through pre-Kindergartners
9:45am Education Hour — infants and one-year-olds (two-year-olds and up are invited to join us for Sunday School!)
11am Worship — infants through two-year-olds

Playful Praise

Playful Praise is a worship opportunity for preschoolers and kindergarteners during the 11am worship service (school year schedule) . Children should sit with their parents at the beginning of worship. Following the children’s sermon, they will move downstairs. Parents can pick the kids up in room 102.

Children and Communion

In the United Methodist tradition, children of all ages are encouraged to participate in Holy Communion. All of us, including children, can experience God’s love and grace through the Lord’s Supper. The decision regarding when a child may first receive communion lies primarily with the parents. If the child is not participating in communion, parents are encouraged to bring them forward and to request a blessing from the pastors. If you have questions, please contact the pastoral staff for more information.

When you come forward to receive communion, the server will hand you the bread or wafer.  You will then dip the bread into the juice (be careful not to get your fingers in there too!). You may want to say “Amen” or “Thanks be to God”  as a response to God’s gift!

Baptism

Interested in having your child baptized? Learn more in our Beliefs and Practices section here.

PUMC is a Safe Sanctuary Church!

We make every attempt to keep our kids safe from abuse, neglect, and sexual misconduct. Visit our Safe Sanctuaries section for more information.