Our hope is that as soon as they are able, the children of our community will worship with us and become an integral part of our gatherings. This is going to be a challenge for those in our community raised in churches where the kids were kept out of sight (and perhaps more to the point, out of hearing.) It’s going to require special patience and servanthood on our part to allow the young among us to sit in our gatherings, paying attention when they can, and being kids the rest of the time. It’s also going to take a recovery of the idea that parents are the chief spiritual educators of their children, with the help of the church community, and not the other way around. We want to avoid outsourcing the spiritual education and discipleship of our community’s children to paid professionals.
So what does children’s ministry look like at Evergreen? We have two separate rooms where our youngest Evergreeners who would benefit little from being in our main gathering can hang out and be taught, pray together, do crafts, have snacks and be loved. The Kids area is the responsibility of the whole community. Everyone is encouraged (ahem!) to get their background check and sign up on the welcome table on Sunday. (If you want info on the background check, email Linda, or just print out the form and bring it on Sunday.)