We are an intergenerational community...


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. 

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.


During our weekly worship gathering, we have activities for all ages of children, guided by our safe sanctuary policy. 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, Toddlers, and Preschoolers| Our littlest ones at Emmaus Way have their own safe space to rest, play, and to engage with stories shared by our teachers and volunteers. They gather downstairs in the weekday school wing. The nursery and preschool areas are open for the entire gathering. 
  • Elementary School-Aged Kids | Our elementary school-aged children are engaged by teachers and volunteers in a time and space dedicated to exploring scripture, asking questions, and responding to narratives and issues of their lives. They also have time for free play and creative expression. Usually, they begin in the larger gathering, exit at the Passing of the Peace, and return for the final songs and Invitation to the Table. 
  • Youth| Our youth spend time in the larger gathering with adults and have their own designated gatherings where they build relationships, have fun, and create mutually safe space to explore biblical texts alongside real life issues and questions. On Sundays, they begin in the wider gathering, exit at the Passing of the Peace, and return for the Invitation to the Table. Our Youth Director, Claire Shelnutt, plans activities for them outside of Sundays too, like retreats, service trips, and holiday parties.