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We want to be a place where young children can experience God, and where parents can feel nurtured and supported. On Sunday mornings we offer nursery care and during the school year, also offer Sunday School for infants and children in grades K through 5th.
On Sunday mornings, about fifteen minutes into the service, the children are “sung” forward to the front of the church, called by name—“Come, come, come and sit down, you are a part of the family.”
After a brief children’s sermon (we call it “Time with Young Disciples”), toddlers may go to the Nursery, and K-5th children may go to Children’s Worship.
Children of any age are always welcome to worship with their families for the entire service. Packets of crayons and a booklet with puzzles and pictures to color are available from the ushers. Some children bring Legos or books and play quietly on the floor at their parents’ feet.
Our congregation is patient with the noise and fidgeting we all expect from children (the sounds of children make us a lively, vibrant church!), but if a parent is having a hard time worshiping because of a fussy child or infant who is not quite ready for the nursery, he or she may go to the “family pew” or to the Fireside Room, where the service is broadcast on closed-circuit television. Both areas have books and small toys for children.
On Sunday morning, very young children and infants may be taken to the nursery before worship, starting at about 9:45. Our nursery caregivers are supervised by the director of the San Anselmo Preschool, Elizabeth McGrady.
For information about our Nursery Care, please contact Diana Bell, Associate Pastor.
Children age K-grade 5 may attend Children’s Worship. Those age 4 through 2nd grade may attend Godly Play in Room 206. Godly Play is a curriculum built on the premise that children already know God and we tell the stories of our faith (stories from the Bible, based on the church calendar, and stories about the sacraments). In the careful telling of stories, and sharing of wondering questions, adults help children develop a language to express what they already know about God. (And in the process, adults learn something, too.)
Seasons of the Spirit
Children in grades 3-5 may attend Seasons of the Spirit in Room 203. Seasons of the Spirit is a lectionary-based curriculum that incorporates Bible stories, crafts, drama, guest speakers, contemplative time, and prayer. Children have opportunities to explore scripture and faith using a variety of activities that engage all learning styles. Our teachers are trained volunteers from the congregation who are familiar with the curriculum and have a great love for God and children.