Children in Worship
We believe that children are an important part of our worshipping community and welcome the attendance and participation of children of all ages in all of our worship services.
Worship is God-centered praise and adoration. The church’s worship service is one basic way by which people learn what it means to be a follower of Christ. Through shared worship with their church family, children come to know that they belong to Christ and are welcome in Christ’s church. Through congregational worship, children build a fund of memorable, shared experiences of Christian community from which they can draw as they grow older.
Children are enriched by the beauty of music and art expressions of praise and as human responses to the love and goodness of God. Children hear Bible stories read and interpreted; and they begin to see worship as one place where God may speak to them. They witness baptisms and communion and are given tangible reminders of God’s kindness and care for God’s children.
Children discover that they are valued as persons by God and God’s people at church. Bringing children to worship may not always be easy, but it is an essential part of their growth toward Christ.
How We Worship
Sunday morning worship is held at 10:30 am in the sanctuary. The atmosphere is relaxed, comfortable and friendly. During the school year, children are invited forward on non-communion Sundays for their own special time in God’s Word with Miss Jess or Pastor Cathie. Baptized children are welcome to participate in the celebration of communion, at their parents’ discretion, and when they can come with “an age appropriate understanding of the meaning of the sacrament.” If you have questions about whether or not your child is ready, Pastor Cathie is glad to talk to you.
On Wednesday nights we gather at 6:30 pm on the lawn or inside (depending on weather) for a short, relaxed mid-week time of worship as we sing praise songs accompanied by guitar, pray together and read and talk about a short passage of Scripture and how it applies to our everyday lives.
Special worship services are held throughout the church year for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.
2999 Bethel Church Road
Bethel Park PA 15102
412-835-0405 (Church Office)
412-835-1037 (Church Office Fax)
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412-835-0441 (Preschool Office)
412-835-1043 (Childcare Office)
see Preschool and Childcare pages for fax and email