Our Children's Philosophy

At Emmaus Way, children and adults work together to embody gospel-shaped community. We understand children as whole people rather than incomplete adults and invite children to be full participants in our efforts to understand and enact the Kingdom of God. We strive to welcome and integrate children in our larger adult worship spaces and invite adults into our kid-friendly worship and teaching spaces, recognizing that both spaces teach us about God. Because we view children as full participants in our community, we see our purposeful embrace of their presence as an authentic, essential outgrowth of our core values. 


WE AFFIRM THAT...

Children are both givers and recipients of radical hospitality.


Children and adults expand and enliven each other's understanding of the gospel.


Spiritual formation is rooted in the shared life and practice of Christian community. 


Spiritual formation is a whole community, whole life responsibility. 


SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH KIDS

During our weekly worship gathering, we have activities for all ages of children, guided by our safe sanctuary policy. Our kids are always busy! They play, engage with Scripture, do art projects, and are led by a dedicated staff and a wonderful team of volunteers. Kids are also more than welcome in our larger worship gathering. We love hearing their voices!

  • Babies and Toddlers | Our littlest ones at Emmaus Way have their own safe space to rest and play. Staffed by our wonderful Nursery Attendant, Schylar Ferguson, and a rotating volunteer from our community, the Nursery Room has lots of fun toys and books to explore.
  • Preschoolers | Our toddlers and preschoolers have a room to themselves to play, read, and create. Each week, between our teacher, Laura Danes, and volunteers from our community,  an evening is crafted filled with free play time, a story of faith, tactile learning, and creative expression. At the end of their time together, they share a snack and play outside on the playground.
  • Elementary School-Aged Kids | Our elementary school-aged children are fortunate enough to spend their Sunday evenings with our wonderful teacher, Caty Kendall, and volunteers from our community. The lessons excel in engaging them, crafting a space where they explore, ask questions, and respond to scriptural narrative and real-life issues. They also enjoy a time of play.
  • Middle School-Aged Kids | Our middle school-aged kids engage in conversation and learning with the talented Rachel Sauls and Kendall Conder. They spend time creating a mutually safe space to explore biblical texts alongside real life issues and questions.