Worship Leadership Opportunities
At Tabernacle, we believe that worship should be participatory, as our core value of worship clearly states. This means that even children, of all ages, participate in worship on a regular basis. This might occur as a child leads in a prayer, reading a scripture passage, or assisting our Deacons with collecting our offering. In this process, children are leading themselves, NOW, not in the future. We believe that children are developmentally able to worship, participate and lead at a young age. We (adults) are able to learn from them, their perspective, their thought processes and their experiences with God.
This curriculum resource provides Tabernacle children, in grade three and above, with a worship initiative to train children and parents in the importance of including young children in worship. Trained in the purpose of the lectionary, scripture, baptism, communion, and other aspects of worship, children learn to worship at their developmental level through specific worship training classes. We also trust that parents are the best teachers of faith, as they spend the most time with their children day in and day out. When these instances of teaching and faith growing occur both in the home, and when the congregation has gathered for worship, a wholistic process of faith formation and development is taking place within the lives of our children.
Children, grades k-2, leave the sanctuary midway through the service with two of our Worship Explorer Leaders. The kids participate in a lesson, approximately 20 minutes in length, based on passages read aloud in the first half of worship. The group returns to the sanctuary during the final hymn. Parents may choose to send their children to Worship Explorers alone, come along with them, or even keep the kids beside them through the entire service.