Preschool through Elementary
At Emmaus Church we deeply value the presence of children in our gatherings. This is because Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:5, “And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
When you arrive at the gathering, please stop at the kiosk and sign in your child and receive a security tag before you enter the gathering.
Children who are preschool age through elementary will enter the gathering and participate in the singing and liturgy with their parents. Right before Joel begins the sermon, he will invite all these children to stand as he leads the congregation in a blessing with a response over the children. After this time, they will leave the gathering with our volunteers and go to their classroom for Storytime, response, and feast using the Godly Play curriculum. If your child has a hard time with separation, feel free to step into the foyer with them as they move to into the classroom.
Once in the classroom, the children will line up to speak one on one with our door greeter. Again, if your child is still having a hard time separating, you are welcome to come along upstairs and even stand in line. However, we are asking that parents NOT enter the classroom. This is intentional. We want the children to know that the classroom is their sacred space. Once a child crosses the threshold, that will mark the beginning of their class time.
After the gathering you will come to the classroom and pick up your child. Again, parents DO NOT enter the room. The door greeter will meet you at the door and speak a blessing over your child. PLEASE be patient and allow us this time. We know there will be a line of parents, but this is important. Take this time to talk to other parents while you are waiting.
The door greeter will also hand you a Parent Page. This has a recap of the story along with some activities you can do with your child.