families in worship
Worship is an ever-changing and growing experience. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites every generation - including children and youth - in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue, and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today's world.
At ECLC we value the unique opportunity of congregational worship in today's world: It is here we encounter God in community with every living generation, participating in all of the promises made at baptism. The sights and sounds of worship are good and nurturing, even when we don't understand them. Being in worship all ages grow to know we belong here, and stand in the midst of the church with a faith all our own.
Some of the many ways families participate in worship at ECLC:
- Story Children are invited to participate in a children's sermon at every worship service.
- Singing Young children are free to sing and dance, and make music.
- Praying Children can learn the Lord's Prayer and Apostles' Creed.
- Word Children can listen and follow along with the readings and the gospel story.
- Communion Children are welcome to the table, without exception.
- Baptisms Children are encouraged to come to the font during all baptisms.
- Offering The children's offering is given to organizations that make sense to them.
- Readings Children in grades 3 and up can read the lessons of the day.
- Serving Older children in grades 4 - 8 are trained and commissioned as acolytes.
- Sharing Children of all ages are welcome to share vocal and instrumental pieces.
- Leading High School youth plan and lead worship each year on Youth Sunday.
- Creating Children help create sacred space with visual art that tells the gospel story.
- Sending Children lead the congregation in the Sending Forth at every worship service.