Families and Worship

Families in Worship

Most weeks, our families begin worship together in the sanctuary. Our typical routine at South Church welcomes children and adults together for our opening words, chalice lighting, and a story for all ages. Typically, children are then sung out so they can head downstairs to attend classes.

On select Sunday throughout the year we offer services for the whole congregation. The nursery remains open for children up to age 4, but other religious education classes are canceled:

  • September - Water Ceremony, led by ministers and staff
  • December -Wholly Family – Led by a multi-age group
  • December – Pageant- Led by ministers and staff
  • Christmas Eve – Our 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. services are planned with all generations in mind
  • Spring- Easter Service - Led by ministers and staff
  • Late Spring - Bridging Service – Led by ministers and staff

Family Dedications

As a congregation, we say that our mission is, in part, to “help children discover and articulate deeper spiritual meaning.” Many of our young families find their way here for just that purpose: they want a community in which their children can participate in a process of faith development consistent with the values they hold as a family.

We believe that the search for deeper spiritual meaning is a lifelong process of discovery, one that begins at birth. For that reason, we offer family dedication ceremonies on a regular basis. These ceremonies are designed for families with relatively young children, though we also welcome families with slightly older children to participate. Interested members contact Reverends Chris or Lauren to schedule a date.

Children’s Chapel

On the first Sunday of most months, our elementary children are invited into a special worship time with the Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth. The focus is on ritual and community, with themes reflecting the Ministers monthly sermon themes. This is a multi-aged group.