A Sunday morning experience crafted just for children. On Sunday mornings kids spend the first part of the hour in worship with their family and join their Downtown Kids leaders during the Holy Interruption, our greeting time about 20 minutes after the service starts.
If it’s your child’s first time, you'll be greeted by two ipads at the Downtown Kids table in the main worship area. This will provide us with some basic information for safety and security purposes, including your cell phone number in the event we need to text you during the service. After that, you just need to pick up your child and your photo which will be printed on their badge will be your form of ID.
What if I want my kid to go straight to the Downtown Kids area for the full hour?
We are encouraging all parents to worship with their children as a family until our greeting time about 20 minutes after the service starts.
What if I prefer my kids to start off with me in worship?
All children are welcome in worship. After a time of worship through music, we take an extended break for fellowship and yummy treats! During this break, our Downtown Kids leaders will be positioned at the Downtown Kids table to lead kids to their rooms. Parents can then enjoy the remainder of the service and collect their kids afterwards.
At what age does my child stay in the service for the whole hour?
That question is really up to you! We provide fun learning experiences and activities that are centered around the day’s scripture for ages 4K – 3rd grade, and childcare is provided for infants through 3’s in our nursery area. But ultimately, the choice is yours. Children are welcome to participate in Downtown Kids or to spend the hour with you!
Each Sunday at DOWNTOWN CHURCH, the congregation that I see from up front is a mosaic. Families and individuals of different stripes, from different tribes, neighborhoods, and generations settle in beside each other unified by the gospel. This is good.
But there are occasions when our diversity can make for a confusing worship experience. Communion, and more specifically, the protocol for children receiving communion at Downtown Church has invited many of you to ask for some guidance.
The Book of Order (one half of the Presbyterian Church (USA) constitution) answers this question: *“Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity.” (PCUSA Book of Order W-4.2002)*
This means that if parents are willing to join the church in instructing children about the significance and meaning of the sacrament, children can participate.