Children & Family Ministries

Jesus welcomed the little children to come. At West Raleigh, children are welcomed into the family of faith, learning to follow Jesus through intentional, caring relationships formed across the generations and in a variety of settings.  

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SUNDAY WORSHIP
Children of all ages are welcome! Join us for worship at 11:00 AM.

Nursery
Trusted caregivers nurture our infants and toddlers in a loving, safe environment.

Lesson for Young Christians
The worship service includes a special time with the pastor or other leader at the front of the sanctuary. Children will enjoy this conversation just for them. Parents are welcome to accompany their children.

Worship Bags
After the Lesson for Young Christians, children may want to pick up a worship bag if they return to their pews. These bags, located in front of the pews, include pencil crayons, children’s books, and other activities to keep little hands busy and further your child’s understanding of worship.

Children’s Worship
Children aged 3 1/2 through 3rd grade are led from the Sanctuary after the Lesson for Young Christians for Joy Worship, a Montessori-style session of worship, wonder, and response. On occasion, older children through 5th grade meet for Alleluia Worship which introduces more challenging Bible stories and encourages deeper theological conversations with trained leaders. Weekly information is posted in the bulletin.

Worship Leadership
Children regularly share their gifts in worship by singing, playing instruments, and participating in dramas.  Children in 3rd – 5th grade may serve as Acolytes, carrying the symbol of the Light of Christ into and from the worship service each Sunday

SUNDAY MORNINGS

Nursery— Our childcare staff arrives at 9:30 AM and remains through the end of worship. Infants and toddlers through age 3 ½ spend time playing and enjoy snack in a safe, caring environment.

Sunday School & Music— During the school year, children gather in broadly-aged small groups for music and to explore Bible stories, create and play together.

9:45 – 10:00

Joy Singers: infants through Kindergarten
Alleluia Singers: 1st – 5th grade

10:00 – 10:45 Sunday Groups

Cross-Generational Gatherings - On some Sundays, varied ages gather to creatively explore a spiritual practice, mark an important milestone, or celebrate an important festival of the church year.

INTENTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Retreats
Children and families connect with God, God’s creation, and the family of faith as they do church away from the building!

BYG Retreat
3rd – 5th graders head to Camp Agape for a weekend designed just for them.

All-Church Retreat
Families join with other members of the congregation to learn and grow in this weekend away. This retreat typically takes place after Easter with locations including Montreat, Camp Albemarle and Umstead Park.

Serving
Families that serve together grow in their faith together.  Children and their families learn about what it means to be a follower of Jesus by serving in the church and the community. There are many opportunities to serve such as with the Family Promise program, gleaning, or working in the Beeloved Community Garden.