Children and Youth

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We Support and Nurture Our Parents and Children

When parents and sponsors bring children to the baptismal font, they promise to:

  • nurture them in faith and prayer,
  • put the Holy Scriptures in their hands,
  • teach them to trust God,
  • teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments,
  • be an example of Christ through what we say and do,
  • show them how to care for others and work for justice and peace.

As a congregation, we provide a community of support for parents in their vocation of raising children.

How We Do This

  • We welcome children (including babies) to our worship services, which include a children’s sermon. Children are not taken away at any time.
  • We offer a nursery during worship time for children ages 1–5 in case parents want to let them play for a bit. The children are brought back to parents at communion time.
  • We teach children songs and have them sing during worship a few times a year.
  • We provide Spark Story Bibles to our children.
  • We hold faith formation classes for children in preschool through high school at 9:45 AM on Sunday mornings from September through May.
  • We prepare our children to receive Holy Communion and our youth to make their Affirmation of Baptism.
  • We accompany youth to Virginia Synod youth gatherings.
  • We gather for cross-generational learning events.

To see what’s coming up for children and youth, see our latest bulletin, read our newsletters, or call the office: 757-229-6688.

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