In a few short weeks we are making some big changes to our Sunday services at Cornerstone. Because this is such a large change, I wanted to take an extra moment and explain specifically what this will mean for our young families at Cornerstone. I will do my best to address any questions I think families may have, but please feel free to email me any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
What will Sunday mornings look like at Cornerstone for families?
Starting May 7th, we will be moving to having one worship service at 9:30am, followed by a Sunday school hour, for all ages, beginning at 11am. Here is a breakdown of all the children’s programming available during those times.
Overall, our Worship service at 9:30 will now run like our current 2nd service does, while our Sunday school hour will run like our current 1st service does. Since that sounds confusing, even to me, here is a rundown of what Sunday mornings will start to look like beginning in May.
9:30 am Worship Service – Programs up to Grade 1
Infant nursery – We will have a fully staffed nursery for all infants up to 24 months, available during the entire service. Our volunteers will be up in the nursery, ready to serve your children by 9:15am so that you can easily make it into the sanctuary in time for the service. This nursery time will entail play time and snack as well.
Toddler Nursery – We will have a fully staffed nursery for toddlers, ages 2 & 3 years, available during the entire service. These volunteers will also be ready to serve your children beginning at 9:15am and are excited to lead a time of play, bible stories, crafts and snack. Recognizing that young families may only stay for this time on a Sunday morning we have included full Bible teaching curriculum into this nursery during the worship service.
Kids’ Church – Part way through the service, children ages 4 up to grade 1 will be dismissed for a teaching time upstairs in the CE wing. This program will run the same way it did formerly during the 2nd service with a bible story, craft, games and playtime. An adult is expected to come upstairs to sign their children in and out of this program.
Kids grade 2 and older – Children that are in grade 2 and up will stay with us in the service. We understand that it could take time for kids to learn how to stay in the service the entire time….. We also know that every child will be prone to have one of “those days” where it will be harder for them to sit through the service. We want all of our families to know that it is OK! We understand that this is a learning process for us all. We want all of our families to know that we are also committed to making our services as ‘generational friendly’ as possible with colouring sheets and fidget toys being available at the back of the sanctuary, our service components changing between singing, scripture, video, teaching, etc. and also our service time only being just over an hour.
In Between Services
Predominately this is a time for families to gather with the larger Church family in the common areas.
We are asking that parents do not bring their children upstairs to sign in their children until 10 minutes before the Sunday school hour (so at 10:50am). This allows for our volunteers to have some time to visit with people and also gives us time to pray together as leaders before the teaching time begins.
Children and Youth Library – We do invite families to come up in between services to use our children and youth Library. The library will be open every Sunday following the worship service.
11 am Sunday school hour
Infant Nursery – children 0-24 months – Adults will be able to sign in their child(ren) beginning at 10:50 on Sunday mornings. There will be leaders in the nursery who are ready to play and pray with your children and we will also be providing snack (cheerios).
Toddler Nursery (Little Lambs) – For children 2 & 3 years old – This nursery will be ready to have an adult sign in their child beginning at 10:50am. This hour will include a time of singing, bible story, crafts, snack (goldfish crackers) and playtime.
Pre-School Class (Cubs Corner) – For children ages 4 up to Kindergarten – Children can be signed in beginning at 10:50 and this hour will include a time of singing, bible story, crafts, games, snack (goldfish crackers) and playtime.
Promiseland – Grades 1- 4 – Beginning at 10:50, children can come up to the Big Space in the CE wing where we will have a time of singing, memory verses, offering, prayer and video bible story. Then the kids will break out into their small groups for some activities, games, prayer, etc. Those small groups will also have the opportunity to use the gym whenever some of the children’s energy needs to be worn off.
Servers In Training (S.I.T.) – Grades 5-7- This group can come up beginning at 10:45 and sign in for their helping roles for the day. They will be given the opportunity to serve our younger children for the first 20 minutes or so and then will be able to separate into their own small group time. This small group time may include a video bible story, discussion, activities, games, etc. There will also be extra opportunities for this group at the end of their teaching hour because we are moving to one service. Some examples would be setting up for potlucks/bbq’s, interviewing different servers in the church, running service projects, etc.
We recognize that this may mean some changes for families and you may have some questions that we haven’t addressed here. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have and I will do my absolute best to address them. We are very excited to see how God is going to work in the hearts of all His people at Cornerstone and we truly believe that moving to one service allows us to better function as the whole Body of the Church.