Family Worship Services
Once a month we offer a Family Worship service in which kids and their parents join together for a great gift: a worship experience designed just for them! It's an intimate setting, often on the floor between the choir pews, from which children and adults can explore and experience our worship space up close. This worship service invites families to take off their shoes, get comfortable and MOVE. And it provides entry points for all kinds of conversation at home about how we practice our faith. The dates for Family Worship Services will be announced in the Sunday service leaflets, Spirited Times weekly email newsletters, and on our church Facebook page, and on our calendar. Bring your children, grandchildren or neighbor children and join us from 4:30 - 5:30 for music, a Bible story, prayer, Communion, a game or craft and a snack.
Please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know of what is most helpful for you and your family at this time.
Worship with Children
We invite children to join us in adult worship. Parents have indicated a desire for children to be more a part of worship, rather than create their own separate worshiping community. And we know children learn faith by emulating adults.
On Sundays kids will be with us in the pews or behind the pews or sometimes under the pews. And that requires all of us to be patient and welcoming. Kids will receive hand-outs as they arrive at worship with activities related to the Scripture of the day and coloring pages. We’ll spruce up our books and toys in the back and we’ll work creatively to integrate kids into roles they can play in worship.
We will continue to offer a Kids Corner in the parish hall to welcome families who need to step out with an especially active little one. We’ll keep the TV monitor and audio on in the parish hall so that families can continue to listen to worship while their child is enjoying a larger space to move or putting a puzzle together or playing with a puppet.
Our goal is to be welcoming of all parishioners no matter their age or ability and we hope this new plan extends that welcome and invites families to be with us in ways that feel comfortable and comforting. Please keep Church School and our leadership team (Karen Gartner, Katie Nederhoed, Dorcie Dvarishkis and Gretchen Strohmaier) in your prayers. We are excited about moving forward in a new way to extend children’s worship into a family worship experience.
Check our calendar for family-friendly events, including some of the Explorations offerings. Recent events have included a wildflower walk, a bird walk, decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, and our annual Blessing of the Animals and Advent wreath-making and crafts.
The Episcopal Diocese of Montana owns a beautiful camp on Flathead Lake which offers summer camp opportunities for grade 3 and up, Family Camp, and retreat and rental opportunities. Click the picture at right to watch a video celebrating 70 years of Camp Marshall!
Camp Marshall is located near Polson along the west shore of Flathead Lake. The camp schedule and registration information is available on the Camp Marshall website.