We happily welcome children as participants in Christian Formation at Binkley! Our program is marked by a commitment to explore the foundations of our faith by learning key stories from the Bible, the ways and teachings of Jesus, as well as spiritual practices such as prayer and hospitality. Children participate in service projects, sing together, and have time to play! At Binkley, children will also find their presence and voice welcome, too, in Early Worship and 11:00 Worship services.
Binkley wants to support full family participation in Sunday morning activities. We strive to provide a nursery where parents feel confident about their children’s well-being. Every Sunday, two caregivers employed by the church ensure continuity and smooth operation of the nursery so that all children are given safe, attentive care.The nursery is open from 9:15 am to the close of 11:00 am Worship. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers--and their joyful noise--are welcome at Early Worship (8:30-9:14 a.m.)--so no nursery care is provided for that service.
Children in 1st-12th grade rotate through this worship leadership opportunity. At the beginning of worship, teams of two children work with an adult to bear symbols of God’s presence among us in Light and in Word. In addition, older children and youth occasionally serve as banner bearers during processional hymns.
If you or your child would like to assist as an acolyte, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship With Children
Each Sunday, we gather to be renewed for faithful living in the world. Children participate in 11:00 a.m. Worship by
- Serving as acolytes during the school year
- Singing in worship
- Leading as liturgists
- Receiving Bibles (second-graders) each September
- Being blessed and dedicated as infants and children
Most weeks, after the Gospel or New Testament lesson is read, children 1st-5th grade are also invited to leave in order to participate in an interactive, Montessori-influenced worship experience designed for children in Room 18. The acolytes, along with two adult leaders, guide the children out of the Sanctuary in silence just after the hymn (immediately before the sermon). This worship experience, called Worship with Children, focuses on stories, discussion, and creative responses through art and play. Over the year, children are introduced to the components of worship. Worship with Children is offered three Sundays out of four. When WWC is not offered, or if a child wants to stay in the larger service on Sundays when it is--Worship Bags (with activities and crayons) are available for her or him in the Narthex.
We have an excellent children's choir, led by Daniel Cherrix, our Minister of Music.
Click here to get more information and see music page!
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
When children reach Second Grade, they receive a Good News Bible from the church. This presentation takes place on Launch Sunday (early September) in Worship. This gift from the church affirms the growing faith of the child, the child’s ability to ask questions and engage scripture, and the importance of the community to educate and to nurture.