Children and youth are an essential part of the life of the church. They are welcomed and encouraged to participate in worship. Some of our youth serve as Elders, ushers, choir members and others bear the Cross of Christ and the Light of Christ into church at the beginning of worship.
Children’s Church is held during worship every Sunday following the Welcoming of the Children. The younger children (ages 3-third grade) go to the lower level of the Sanctuary Building where they continue their age appropriate worship with Bible stories, crafts and prayer. The children return to worship after the sermon.
Children in third grade and older become acolytes. At the beginning of worship, acolytes accompany the youth cross bearer by carrying the Light of Christ into worship. At the end of worship, the acolytes carry the Light of Christ with us out into the world.
Worship bags and children’s bulletins are also provided for enhancing younger worshiper’s participation.
Nursery care is available during Sunday School and worship for infants and toddlers. The nursery is located on the second floor of the Education Building and is available from 9:00 – 11:45am.
Please read Worshipping with Children for additional information regarding children’s worship at Park Lake.
The following two Sundays are dedicated to children and youth participation:
Each Spring, the Middle and Senior High School Youth lead the congregation in worship providing the Scripture readings, the prayers, and the sermon.
One Sunday during Advent, the children and youth lead the congregation in worship by presenting a Christmas Pageant re-enacting the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.