Children in Worship

Children bring special gifts to worship and grow in the faith through their regular inclusion and participation in the worship of the congregation. Children's participation is planned toward their level of understanding and ability to respond.

Acolytes are worship leaders who carry the Light of Christ and the Living Water into the sanctuary during 10:00 a.m. worship. Each Sunday during the school year, the acolytes light the Christ candle and fill the baptismal font with water at the beginning of the worship service. Acolytes are trained by the pastors at the beginning of the school year to understand the liturgical significance of their roles. Children in 2nd through 5th grades may serve as acolytes. 

Time with the Young Church is a part of each worship service. Children are informally taught about the Scripture of the day, the liturgical season, or another theological concept before leaving the sanctuary for their Sunday School classes.

Welcoming first-time visitors is another way that our children participate in worship each week. After the Time with the Young Church, the children offer gifts to all who are in worship with us for the first time. (Note: If you are visiting with us, be sure to raise your hand because you don't want to miss out on the brownie mix that the children will bring to you!)

Click here for information on Valley's Sunday School program.

The Lord's Supper is open to children. On the first Sunday of each month, the children return to the sanctuary with their Sunday School classes to participate in Communion with the congregation.