Children are welcome at all Calvary worship services. There also are some special options for children during worship.
Children’s Chapel is an opportunity for children to experience the “Liturgy of the Word” in an easy-to-understand, story format. At the beginning of the 10 a.m. worship service, children follow the “children’s cross” out of the church to Children’s Chapel, which is held in room 203 on the second-floor education wing. Children are escorted into the church at the time of the Peace to join their families for Communion. Children age three and older are welcome to Children’s Chapel. The liturgy is geared for children age three to seven. Parent participation is encouraged.
Worship Bags (ages 3-grade 1) and Worship Folders (grades 2-5) are available at both entrances to the church. They contain bulletins based on the day’s scripture that help children encounter and understand the scripture for the day. The activities are designed to be both entertaining and meaningful as they help facilitate each child’s participation in worship. Also, look for the "Episcodoodles" notepads located in the pews.
Calvary maintains an excellent nursery facility staffed by trained, professional caregivers. Nursery Manager Robbie Phillips and her staff, Cassandra, Dori, and Margaret, welcome children ages 0 - 5 each Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. during the Wednesday night Koinonia season. The nursery also is open 30 minutes prior to most Holy Day services. The nursery is located on the first floor in Calvary Place Childcare Center on Sunday mornings and in the Orgill Room on Wednesday nights. A loving atmosphere, personal attention, and age-appropriate toys and activities are all designed to make the nursery a safe, nurturing place for your child. A child registration form should be on file for each child who attends nursery. Child registration forms can be obtained by Miss Robbie and are kept in a secure location. Please remember to bring diapers/pull-ups and wipes with your child every time they attend the nursery. Please also bring a change of clothing with your child, even if your child is potty-trained.
When children become upset during church, parents may choose to help their children find peace in the church library on the second floor. Children's books are available, and a speaker connected to the church audio system allows parents and children to continue listening to the service.
For additional information about children in worship, contact Hilary Chipley, director of children and youth ministries.