Families in Worship
Reimagining Worship for Families
At Church of the Redeemer, we are committed to offering meaningful formation opportunities for children at both our Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Banquet Eucharist worship services. We know there are many uncertainties facing families at this time, especially this fall. And we thank you for completing our survey earlier this month, in which you had an opportunity to share some of these challenges. We also heard from you about your hopes for your family’s participating and serving at church, especially on Sunday mornings.
With this thoughtful feedback and a look at the new worship schedule for this fall, we are excited to share what Sundays will offer for families beginning Sunday, September 12. Please keep in mind that plans remain fluid and flexible. This is where we will begin, and together we will be transformed by Christ’s unending love.
During Worship Services
The Sanctuary at Church of the Redeemer will look slightly different to you regardless of which Sunday morning service you attend. We’ve opened it up, added soft spaces for children, brought back our Worship Bags, and will begin incorporating children and families into our worship practices once again. And for our youngest members (up to 4 years old), we continue to offer childcare during these times. As we begin this fall, we will also continue to offer Children’s Liturgy online and Mary Southworth Shaffer will return with her Joyful Noisemakers videos. Children’s Liturgy in-person, for those in elementary school, will start back during the 11:00 am worship service in the Chapel.
In-Between Worship Services
Church of the Redeemer’s Education Hour, held from 10:05-10:50 am, will be a time for all ages to gather for fellowship and learning. We are pleased to say we will once again offer Club CoR, for 1st - 4th grade; BEATs by CoR, for 5th - 8th grade; and CoR Youth, for 9th-12th grade. Gatherings will be held both outside (weather permitting) and inside* for these groups and virtual options will be available as needed. We feel this combination will keep kids engaged and safe.
Our BEATs by CoR and Club CoR groups will begin in the Cloister Garden at 10:05 am for a snack together before moving to their respective spaces. This year, Club CoR, led by Tommy Kirk, will be using the Cloister Garden and the Cloister side of the Great Hall. The BEATs by CoR group, led by Hannah Teetor, will use the BEATs Room on the lower level and the Memorial Garden on the Raymar side of the building. Their gatherings will finish by 10:50 am, allowing those families attending the 11:00 am Banquet Eucharist to gather.
Our CoR Youth group, led by Tym House, will also gather at 10:05 am in the Youth Room on the lower level. This group will use The Patio outside of the Youth Room as their outside gathering space. They will also finish at 10:50 am.
Sent to Serve
We have a vision of a worshiping community who knows Jesus and grows in Love…
Sent into the world, rooted and grounded in love, to serve all people with humility, compassion, and faithfulness.
This fall, there will be many opportunities to discern where you and your family may feel sent to serve. During the Education Hour for Adults, ministry leaders will share their stories of feeling the call from God to serve and what being a part of the ministry in which they serve has meant for them. You will also find ways to engage in those ministries and be able to ask questions of the ministry leaders. This includes opportunities during Sunday worship like readers, acolytes, intercessors, greeters, ushers, and more.
Thursday Night is Music Night! In addition to Sunday mornings, this year our Music Ministry will offer Music Nights on Thursdays. Children’s music opportunities, like Musical Play for Families and Jubilate Deo for 6-12 year olds, will be offered beginning at 4:00 pm. Then all will gather for a communal family meal** before rehearsals for Choir, the Banquet Ensemble, and the Celtic Ensemble begin at 7:00 pm. Learn more and become a part of the Music Family by attending their Open House on Thursday, September 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm.
As Philip wrote in a recent blog, “What a time to be us! We were meant for these times, God has put us here in this time and in this place for the work of serving our community with humility, compassion and faithfulness. What a vocation we share! What a powerful mission – to be brought together, transformed by Christ’s unending love, and sent into the world to participate in the healing and reconciliation of all things! . . . See you on Sunday!”
*During High and Substantial COVID-19 cases, masks will be required inside the building.
**During High and Substantial COVID-19 cases, all food and beverage will be available and consumed outside only.