July 29, 2017

Children & Youth

We Believe that Children Are Part of Christ’s Body!

We love families, children, and youth at WCC, and we take seriously the biblical teaching that the whole church must play a role in nurturing our young people.

COVID Update: Presently we offer a nursery for ages 3 and under. We are carefully following announcements from health and government officials and prayerfully planning to resume our teaching times for children and youth this fall.

Nursery & Childcare for Pre-K

All children of all ages are welcome in our worship services at WCC. We think the sound of children in worship is beautiful!

We also offer a nursery and childcare for children through pre-K during the worship service and during the teaching time after our fellowship meal. You can find information and directions at the welcome table just inside the entrance to our building.

Each of our nursery volunteers has undergone a background check and has been trained to help keep our nursery a safe and nurturing environment.

Children in Elementary & Middle School

We have designed our worship carefully to allow children to participate, and we especially invite those in kindergarten or older to remain in the service with their parents. We also offer a children’s bulletin with coloring pages and other actives to help them do so. Please visit our welcome table on Sunday mornings for more information.

After the worship service and fellowship meal we have a time of age appropriate teaching for adults and children. While the adults gather in the sanctuary, elementary school aged children (K-5) gather in the library, and middle school aged children (Grades 6-8) gather in another classroom. Children in ninth grade and up are invited to remain with the adults, and our pastors are careful to include them in the lesson.

Our K-5 lessons focus on the basics of Christian worship and the story of the Bible, and our Grade 6-8 lessons focus on basic Christian beliefs and living.

Youth in High School

Our high school aged youth gather together twice a month for times of food, fellowship, and meaningful conversations about faith and life. If you or your high schooler would like more information about these gatherings, please contact Pastor Drew.

Baptism & Communing Membership

Baptism is a sign of entrance into the church and the Lord’s Supper or communion is a way that we grow as believers. The following is a brief explanation of how baptism and communion relate to children at WCC.

The bible teaches that baptism is a sign and a seal of our relationship with God and his promises (Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:26-27). The Bible also teaches that the promises of God are for the children of God’s people (Acts 2:38-39).

Therefore we believe that the sacrament of baptism is a sign of membership in the church for both believers in Christ and their children. Please let us know if you would like to talk more about baptism or if you would like to receive baptism for yourself or your child.

In addition to baptism as a sign of entrance into God’s family, the Lord’s Supper is the way that God spiritually feeds us and helps us to grow in grace. It reminds us of the love of God demonstrated in the death of Jesus, and when we celebrate it with faith we receive those benefits (1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:23-26).

According to the New Testament, the Lord’s Supper is for those who are able “to discern” the Lord’s body (1 Corinthians 11:27-39). In other words, communion belongs to those who believe that Jesus is the son of God and the savior of sinners.

When children come to the point where they understand and believe this for themselves, they are ready to become a “communing member” of the church. This means they are ready to participate in the Lord’s Supper.

Of course, every child is different, and there is no set age at which every child comes to the point of a personal faith and trust in Jesus. Therefore we try to walk with parents through this process on a case by case basis. Please let us know if you would like to talk more about the process of communing membership for children.