If you were in worship on January 5, you may have noticed that our older preschoolers joined us in the worship service. This is our new concept for faith development for our 4 and 5 year olds. They will worship with their families and join the elementary age children down front for the children’s sermon. Then they will proceed to the Chapel for Preschool Worship with Dr. Helen Lee Turner.
For the past few days, I have been trying to imagine what it would be like for a child to worship for the first time in our Sanctuary—the beauty of the room itself, its vastness, the stained glass windows and the pipes for the organ. There are so many beautiful things to take in. As the service begins, they will see the choir, the deacons and the ministers as they process into the Sanctuary. They may see roses on the baptistry, a family dedication or a baptism. These are great opportunities for preschoolers to learn and grow in their faith. I’m sure their experiences will prompt many questions and comments for parents, friends and teachers. This is a special time in the lives of these children and their families. They are excited to worship together. I ask for your patience as they become accustomed to being in worship. I also want to encourage you to see our Sanctuary and our worship service through the eyes of a preschooler.