Children of any age are always welcome in any church worship service.
During the academic year children and young people have another option if they prefer. Youth worship begins at 10:00 am in the youth worship chapel in the education wing. The service is designed to provide a more age appropriate worship experience, especially for grade school aged children. Youth worship is on hiatus for the 2016 – 2017 year, but will return if interest arises.
Children and youth provide leadership for the service, leading intercessory prayers and the collect of the day. Youth also provide music leadership. An adult provides a brief teaching session. For the last few years, the teaching has focused on the saints of the church. Just a few of the saints covered in 2013-14 were: John Muir, Sojourner Truth, Nelson Mandela, Thomas Aquinas and Joan of Arc.
Youth worship concludes in time for participants to join their families in church for Holy Communion.
Youth worship also typically takes one Sunday a month off so that everyone can worship together for a full service. The sermon on those days often includes a portion specifically for children.
The Youth Worship chapel includes a painted mural of the stained glass window in the church baptistry. The text is from Matthew 19:13-14: Then little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them (‘Suffer little children and forbid them not’ in the King James translation); for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (NRSV).