Rector's Weekly Message

In Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells us that whoever welcomes a young child in his name welcomes Jesus, and whoever welcomes Jesus welcomes not Jesus, but the one who sent Jesus. What perfect timing then that our Deacon Grace Pratt has put together some words of welcome to families with children which will be reprinted and available in your pews with my full endorsement:

"To the parents of our young children, may we suggest that you...

Relax! Your children are members of this church and are invited to worship. Take some time on the drive to church to remind your child of the regular Sunday schedule and why you go to Church as a family.  Sit up towards the front. It is easier for children to pay attention when they can see what’s going on at the altar.  Quietly explain the different parts of the service to your child in terms they can understand. For example, you might explain that the prayers of the people are the way we pray for our concerns in the greater world.  Help your child to participate in the service. For example, maybe you can help them sing along with a hymn.  Model participation by voicing the prayers and singing they hymns. They will learn by following your example.  If you have to walk out for a while please do feel like you are welcome to walk back in.  Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to God, to the Church and to one another. Let them know that they are welcome in worship."