We welcome and encourage children to be a part of our worship and believe participation in the liturgy from an early age is the best way to shape children in the patterns of Christian faith. We also believe that children have unique spiritual needs, and we look for opportunities to help children explore their relationship with God. To that end, during the preaching, children who wish to do so gather in a room just outside of the main church for an age-appropriate time of reflection on the day's readings from the Bible, usually the gospel story, led by two adult and youth leaders. Children stay in church through the gospel reading, then follow the gospel book for Children's Chapel, returning at the Peace for the rest of the celebration. If you have questions, please contact our coordinator, Linda Moser.
We offer child care for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings from 9:15 through 11:45 a.m. Our nursery is located inside our Education Wing, which you'll find by turning to the right after entering through the courtyard and Parish House entrance. We also offer nursery care at many church functions. Please contact Jen Curchin with questions.
First Sundays at St. Augustine's
We are blessed at St. Augustine's that a quarter of our members are children and youth under the age of 16, and we delight in having them take part in every aspect of our shared life of faith. On the first Sunday of the month, we make changes to our liturgy to help children and young people more actively participate. The Acts of the Apostles and our Baptismal Covenant invite us to "continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers." Liturgy shapes our lives, and we welcome children into their roles as full participants.
On First Sundays, we welcome children to gather at the altar for the Eucharistic prayer. We eagerly invite young people throughout the month as readers of scripture, acolytes, ushers, and gift bearers.
Because fellowship and friendship are also an important part of Christian formation, we suspend Church School and adult formation on First Sundays for an extended time of play and fellowship.