worship is for kids, too
At City Church Eugene, we welcome children into the life of our church and worship. We want them to know that the gospel belongs to them as much as it belongs to their parents, whether they participate in the main service or join their peers in Children's Worship.
We believe children find connection in church by observing, participating, and building relationships with adults. We also understand that children flourish with exploration, creativity, story, and response; we happily provide childcare and Children's Worship during the service.
"let the little children come to me"
Infants: Nursery is provided on Sunday mornings during our Sunday School hour and worship service for infants through age 3.
Children's Worship (preschool - age 10): Godly Play is offered during the Children's Worship time which starts as we greet each other in peace.
Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. What they often lack is the language to express their faith, the experiences of hearing and seeing the stories of Scripture, and the time and space to respond.
Godly Play, a Montessori-inspired method of teaching and learning, draws children into the stories and invites them to experience God through creativity and imagination. We use storytelling, reflection, art, writing, singing, and imaginative play to invite children into the story of God's people - our story!
Our church strives to provide a safe place for each child. To that end, we combine background checks with MinistrySafe training for everyone working with children.
Part of being a parent or caregiver is discovering how to best serve our children. Parenting is often joyful, but it is also hard. At City Church Eugene, we recognize this dichotomy that guiding our children presents. Below, you will find a rotating list of articles and resources that can offer insight and wisdom during the journey. Please know we share these as part of the learning and growing process of parenting/caregiving and we are not suggesting we are more enlightened than other theories or ideas that you may discover on your own.
The link offered here is an article that appeared in The Atlantic that presents an interesting theory about children and their inherent temperament. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/12/the-science-of-success/307761/
The Child Mind Institute does an excellent job of explaining the nature and importance for children to learn self-regulation. It it likely a skill we all struggle with at times, even as adults. A great, quick read: https://childmind.org/article/can-help-kids-self-regulation/
Have you heard of Theraplay? "Theraplay is a child and family therapy for enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge." - from the Theraplay website. Theraplay is a wonderful concept that can help structure parent-child interaction. You can find a helpful book on this topic on our book table each Sunday, Parenting with Theraplay.