At CCU, we have a special love and passion for the youngest disciples among us…our keiki! In fact, part of our mission is to encourage and build up young families with care, friendship and support and to help young people come to know God through the love of their extended church family.
Each Sunday at CCU, there are a few different opportunities for young ones:
Worship: Children of all ages are always welcome in worship. We are glad to have their animation and activity as part of our glorifying God. No need to worry about little voices and squirmy bodies disturbing others…we celebrate these exclamations as a gift from God. That said, we also have activity bags with coloring supplies and other surprises just inside the entry door if little hands and minds need a bit more stimulation.
Children’s Moment: Each week during worship, usually right after our choir anthem, all children are invited forward to hear a message especially for them, delivered by someone from the congregation. Children (and often their parents) gather on the steps in the front of the sanctuary and share a few moments together. Sometimes we read a story, sometimes we have a brief game or activity, sometimes it’s show-and-tell. Whatever it is, the point is to allow children a time to participate in worship and to learn about God’s love.
Nursery Care: Nursery care for young ones (age 6 months to 5 years) is available beginning at 9:45am and continuing through the end of service in the Ohana room just adjacent to the sanctuary. You can stop by before worship or after the Children’s Moment and our childcare worker will be happy to welcome your little one. If you have any special needs or instructions, you can alert our childcare worker during drop off. Children can be picked up after service, around 11 am.
Keiki Church: After our Children’s Moment, kids over five are invited to join in the fun of Keiki Church, an all-ages sunday school class. The class meets upstairs in Room B2 and is always led by two of our wonderful volunteer teachers. The class follows a teaching model called “Worship and Wonder” which seeks to introduce kids to God’s love and the stories of the Bible through art, prayer, singing and playing.
Aloha Fellowship: Each week after worship, the entire CCU ohana kids included, gathers for a brief time of aloha fellowship in the breezeway just outside the kitchen. This is another great opportunity for kids to participate, enjoy some treats and get to know their extended church ohana.
We celebrate opportunities to welcome young people into the family of God, either through baptism or baby dedication. (Baby dedication is a practice of welcoming a little one into the church family without the sacrament of baptism. This works well for families, especially those within the Disciples tradition, who believe baptism should be a personal choice made when someone of age comes to know God through Christ.) If you are interested in having your child baptized, please contact our pastor to discuss it further.