Children at Westminster are deeply involved in the life of the church.
The church is one of the few places in our culture where many generations naturally come together in community. Our ministry encourages and creates opportunities and experiences for children, youth, and adults to be in fellowship and support of one another as we grow together as followers of Christ in faith, trust, and love.
9:15–10:15 am (September–May)
Our Church School meets during Westminster’s education hour, offering distinct classroom experiences for childrenl. Volunteer teams for each grade level have been trained to engage our children and youth in age-appropriate curriculum that include stories, activities, art, music, and discussion. Children and youth grow to know that they are a valued part of our whole community through engagement in worship, fellowship, and service opportunities throughout the year.
Note: Kindergartners through third graders meet together for a brief “Gathering Time” and then go to classrooms with their teachers. All other students proceed directly to their classrooms.
During 10:30 am worship (September–May)
Children attend the beginning of worship with their families and then are invited to Children’s Church. They are escorted from the Sanctuary by staff and parent volunteers for a special program designed for young children. Parents and staff lead these programs of worship, singing, storytelling, and games in a relaxed and nurturing environment.
Recorder Choirs (Grade 3 and up)
For youth who are not able to attend Wednesday evenings, or are interested in learning an instrument, two sections of recorder choir are offered on Sunday mornings. Beginners arrive at 8:30 a.m. and advanced players arrive at 8:50 a.m. Music reading skills are taught as well as recorder playing technique (tonguing, breath control, phrasing, etc.). Recorders perform in Sunday services twice a year.
Seraphim Choir (Grades 1-3)
Once your child enters first grade, he or she is eligible to move into the Seraphim Choir. Seraphims meet from on Wednesday evenings, but many families arrive earlier to enjoy a kid-friendly meal with other families before choir. (Dinner is served from 5:15–6:45 p.m.) Seraphims sing during Sunday services approximately once per month. They also are provided unique experiences that vary year to year, such as playing choir chimes and performing in drum circles.
Chorister Choir (Grades 4-5)
Fourth and fifth graders participate in the Chorister Choir. Choristers meet from 6:55 – 7:30 p.m.on Wednesday evenings. A kid-friendly meal is provided 5:15-6:45 p.m. for those families who would like to eat with other families. (Dinner is served from 5:15–6:45 p.m) Choristers sing monthly during Sunday services. They further develop instrumental skills using choir chimes and African drums. They also sing with an adult choir once a year.
Recorder Choir (Grade 3 and up)
A Wednesday evening section of Recorder Choir has been added at Central Lutheran from 7:30-7:50 pm. Music reading skills are taught as well as recorder playing technique (tonguing, breath control, phrasing, etc.). Recorders perform in Sunday services twice a year.