Family Ministry at The Parish exists to support children and teens as they grow in Christ and practice his way of life. We take seriously the privilege of coming alongside parents as they apprentice their children to Jesus. We love our Parish kids!
Family Sundays happen every 4th Sunday of every month. On these days, children 6 years and older grow as God-worshipers by practicing alongside adults in the main worship gathering. It’s usually noisy, sometimes distracting, and always exactly just how corporate worship should be – united and beautiful. Childcare is always available for infants through 5 years old, even on Family Sundays.
To ensure the safety of children, all workers in Parish Family Ministry are background-checked and receive extensive training. If you’d prefer, children are always welcome to stay with their parents/guardians in the worship service.
Babies, walkers and preschool children have special spaces created just for them. We take great care to prepare these rooms as a warm and welcoming environment for your children, with age appropriate toys and specially trained workers. A caring Servant Leader will meet you at the doors to answer any questions you may have.
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade gather in E’s Club, a bright and interactive space several doors down. It’s a really fun space, with arcade games and air hockey. Most importantly though, Parish Kids provides space for kids to learn the good news of God’s story. Each week, they’ll gather for an age-appropriate, intentionally crafted lesson, then meet in small group breakouts based on age.
Our Parish Kids curriculum revolves around an invitation to life with God, and models simple spiritual practices kids can use in daily life. We hope our kids will not only hear the stories of Scripture that point to Jesus, but also will experience God for themselves. Each week, kids practice praying for one another and learn new habits to help them connect with God. Following the sermon, elementary kids return to our adult service to join parents for communion and worship.
Parish Kids teachers and small group leaders generously commit to serve each week over the course of one or two semesters, with the majority committing to the entire school year. It’s a big commitment, but we think the consistency makes a real difference as our teachers building meaningful relationships with the kids in their small group each week.
Middle & High School
Middle School students meet Sunday mornings during the 10:30am service only in a casual, living-room like environment one door down from our adult worship space. With donuts in hand, we discuss the Christian faith as a group, ask questions, and engage spiritual formation practices.
As high school students navigate the final chapter of life before adulthood, we encourage them to participate in the adult worship service each Sunday. This helps them build relationships with friends and mentors, and integrates them into the life and liturgy of the Church that will serve as a bedrock for future seasons of life. Directly after each Sunday gathering, high schoolers gather over lunch to build community and practice Christ’s way of life in their particular context.