At Atonement, we welcome people of ALL ages into worship. Recent research from Fuller Youth Institute suggests that one of the ways to build a sticky, long-lasting faith in young people is for them to regularly worship with their families.
Boosters, Bibles and Bags
Children engage best in worship when they can see. While we recommend young families sit in front, for those who prefer to sit further back, there are booster seats under the back pews that young children can use to see better.
Worship bags are available which give kids a variety of things to do at their seats. Children’s Bibles are also available.
Children and Youth Serve in Worship
At Atonement, we believe that every person has gifts that are meant to be shared with the larger church community. We welcome children to participate, serve and lead worship in age-appropriate ways. These may include; sharing their musical gifts, reading scripture, acolyting, serving on the tech team and ushering.
Families in Worship
In addition to welcoming children in worship every week, to further encourage families to worship together, we offer monthly worship services that are intentionally planned with families in mind. They are creative, experiential, and designed for the whole family to participate in – from babies to grandparents.
Babies to toddlers are always welcome in worship, as are nursing moms. Due to covid-19, a staffed nursery is not currently available. There is a changing table and cry room located in the nursery that can be accessed as needed.
From September-May, we offer Sunday School for 2 year-old through 5th grade. Visitors are always welcome at Sunday School. Sunday School takes place on Sunday morning from 8:45 am to 9:45 am. This time is concurrent with the 9:00 am worship service.
Ages/Grades: Preschool—elementary (2-3 yr.-old through 5th grade)
We believe that faith is a continual journey that begins at birth and does not end until death. Beginning with Baptism, we welcome children into the family of God. As a congregation, we promise to pray for and support families as they nurture their children’s faith. One of the ways we do this is by marking regular faith milestones.
A faith milestones program gives families an opportunity to interact with other families who have the same aged children in a one-time experiential class. They learn about their faith together and later receive a blessing in worship from our entire congregation. Examples of faith milestones include: Baptism, Toddler Blessing, First Bible Presentation, First Communion, Confirmation and High School Graduation.
Child / Volunteer Safety Information
We are committed to keeping your child safe while enrolled in any program at Atonement. All adults 18 and over who work with Atonement youth are trained and subject to annual background checks. To view or download our Child & Volunteer Protection Policy, please click here.