As We Worship Online (through at least January 15, 2021)…
Worship is a high priority at Ravensworth, even and especially as we meet to worship online. We seek to honor God through prayer, music, congregational participation, observing the seasons of the church year, and following the Revised Common Lectionary. Plus, we are privileged week in and week out to hear the excellent preaching of our pastor, Rev. Dr. Leah Grundset Davis and other preachers. We think you will find worship at Ravensworth inspiring, intellectually and spiritually stimulating, reverent, and challenging. Join us next Sunday and find out for yourself. If you want to listen to past sermons, follow this link!
When we are worshipping in person…
Children are an integral part of the faith community at Ravensworth. In the middle of every Sunday service, a member of the ministerial staff or a volunteer from the congregation invites the children to the front of the sanctuary for Children’s Time, which often features a lesson based on the scripture readings for that week.
School-Age Children (1st grade and up)
Older children join their families in the sanctuary for worship. We have a children’s table with activities that correspond with the theme and biblical text for the day. We believe children in worship is an important part of our life together. Children stay through the Gospel reading, then leave with volunteers to participate in Children’s Worship and Music for Kids on all Sundays.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, children stay in the sanctuary for the entire worship service and join the adults in the celebration of Communion. The pastor invites the children to the communion table in order to give each of them a cracker to symbolize God’s love and their inclusion as valued members of the community. Also on Communion Sundays, two-child volunteers collect a benevolence offering for community needs as the congregation leaves the sanctuary.
Pre-School and Nursery Age Children (birth-kindergarten)
Following Sunday School, all children Kindergarten age and younger remain in their classrooms for an extended session while their parents and older children are in the worship service. There are two areas, both entered through Room #125, one for infants and toddlers, and one for those ages three and older.
The paid pre-school caregivers are assisted by a rotation of scheduled, trained volunteers. During Children’s Time in the worship service, the older pre-schoolers will be escorted into the sanctuary to participate in the lesson, then led out again to return to the child care area.
Paid child-care workers, along with rotating volunteers, run the child care areas each Sunday. In addition to individual attention, the staff and volunteers offer safe, age-appropriate play materials and activities for all infants and toddlers.
For more information on Sunday School for children and drop-off times before Worship begins, click here.