Children and Young People
Children and Worship
Children are welcome at and an integral part of worship at Hamilton Union. The 8:30 am Early Worship service is especially designed for children and families. A Children’s Time — a special message for children — is part of the 10 am service. After this, children may leave for a Bible Lesson at Children’s Church, or remain in worship with their families. For those who prefer to stay in worship, activity bags and Children’s Bulletins are available. Children are also encouraged to be acolytes (light the candles) at the start of each worship service, with adult help and supervision available for the younger ones. Young adults are encouraged to directly participate in worship as readers, greeters and ushers.
Children and Christian Education
Hamilton Union has a flexible, family-focused Christian Education philosophy. We work with our young families to develop a Christian Education ministry that meets their needs. Currently this is a Sunday morning Children’s Church class during the 10 am service after the Children’s Time. Children from pre-school through elementary school age learn about the Bible during this time through informal lessons, crafts and videos.
Youth Group, Confirmation Class and youth service opportunities are offered as needed.
Children and Church Activities
Many of our church activities are intergenerational and some events are designed specifically for children and their parents. Some examples are:
- an annual Intergenerational Christmas Pageant;
- an Easter Egg Hunt;
- periodic “Birthday Sundays,” complete with decorated cakes;
- Advent Calendars and Lenten devotional guides;
collecting the Two Cents a Meal offering each month;
- decorating the church for Christmas; and
- family movie or game nights.