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Childcare

Childcare is available in our Parish House Nursery Rooms for infants through five-year-olds on Sundays from 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. year round. The two Nursery Rooms, Infant Caring Room, and restrooms are located across the courtyard in the Parish House. Enter the Parish House through the double doors, turn right, go up the stairs, through one door, and straight through a second door.

  • Nurseries - The St. Matthew Nursery is open for all young children during the 8:00 a.m. service. Starting at 8:45 a.m., the St. Bartholomew Nursery opens for children from three to five years of age. The St. Matthew Nursery is for children two years old and under. Both nurseries are staffed by a team of trained staff caretakers. Parents must sign in and provide contact information on the attendance sheet.
  • Infant Caring Room - The Infant Caring Room is equipped with a changing table, rocking chairs, and a closed-circuit television where you can attend to your child’s needs while watching the service.

Children in Worship

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship at any of our services!

The Children's Worship Cart by the front entrance of the Church has child-friendly worship bulletins, bags of markers and crayons, and picture books for children to borrow and enjoy in their seats during worship. Feel free to pick them up so your child can follow along with the service.

Children of all ages are welcome to receive communion. When we baptize children, we welcome them into God’s family, just as they have been welcomed into our individual families. It may be years before children understand the history or values of our family, but they are nonetheless valuable members. Likewise in church, children may not understand all the mysteries of communion, but they are learning how the Family of God breaks bread together and shares the holy meal – so as soon as your child has been baptized and is physically able to ingest solid foods, they are welcome to participate in the Eucharist.

There are many ways children can participate in the worship service. We encourage children to serve as acolytes, readers, and ushers. For information about participating in these ways, click here to contact the Rev. Heather VanDeventer, Associate Rector.

Ways for Parents to Get Involved

The success of this program depends on parent support and willing volunteers. There are many ways to help. To get involved, please click here to email Matt Welsch, the Director of Children's Ministries.

 

 

 

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