At Emmaus Way, children and adults work together to embody gospel-shaped community. We understand children as whole people rather than incomplete adults, and as such, we celebrate children as full participants in our efforts to understand and live into the Kingdom of God. Because children are both vulnerable and free from baggage in ways that adults are not, our children’s ministry occupies a specific, integral, and invaluable place in our community life. Because we view Emmaus Way’s children as full participants in our community, we see our purposeful embrace of their presence as an authentic, essential outgrowth of our core values.
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, Kathy Frisbie, and a rotating volunteer from our community, the Nursery Room has lots of fun toys and books to explore, as well as a place to rest.
- Preschoolers | Our toddlers and preschoolers have a room to themselves to play, read, & create. Each week, our teacher and a volunteer from our community craft an evening of some free play time, followed by a story (we use the Godly Play model of storytelling). Kids are then invited to respond to the story through artwork or other creative expression. Lastly, they will share a snack and finish off their evening by joining the adults in the main worship gathering.
- School-Aged Kids | Our school-aged kids are fortunate enough to spend their Sunday evenings with our wonderful teacher, Rhody Mastin. She excels in engaging our kids, crafting a space where they explore, ask questions, and respond to scriptural narrative and real-life issues. The kids will join the adults in the main worship gathering when they have finished their time together.