Worship At Five
by Elizabeth Beshear
How do we engage our children and ourselves in worship – making it interesting and engaging for all of us? That was our question last year when worshiping in the Sanctuary that we love turned out to be too loud and distracting for our three young children. It was important for us to have our children in worship, but we began asking, do we just go to Sunday School? Do we “stay the course” regardless of everyone’s feelings, actions, and reactions? Do we change churches? We thought about all of these questions.
Then we read about Worship at Five and decided to give it a try last fall. It has truly been a blessing for us and it has changed how our family worships.
We really like hearing from different pastors on a regular basis. This service offers us that perspective. The “one room” nature of Founders Hall also allows everyone just a little more time to talk before and after the service. Now, instead of hearing “Why do we have to go?” we hear “Is it time yet?” And instead of having an overwhelming experience, there’s a chance to engage.
Worship at Five is a microcosm of what we hope for our children’s relationship with God: Worship is easily accessible, we don’t have to dress up, and everyone is actively welcomed. This service has become a fun and integral part of our weekend.
Come As You Are
The relatively informal nature of the services makes it much easier to want to come to church with kids. There are creative stations at the back of Founders Hall and there’s a playground right outside the door – perfect to get some wiggles out before and after the service.
David grew up singing masses in Latin, and we both love the traditional music from our choir, but the contemporary music is fun and engaging too. Our kids have even been known to clap and dance along to the music.
Not only is there a children’s sermon, but the smaller service means our kids get to know other members in a new way. We also get to have Communion with our children each week (there’s a little jostling for first in line!). We are watching and listening to them begin to engage with God on their own terms. The questions that they ask show us they are actively engaged in the service.
To learn more, go to www.phpc.org/five