Last year our children in 1st – 5th grade had the opportunity to take part in Children Worship! — a discipleship program designed to help them learn more about congregational worship. At the end of this study, these students were invited to reflect on the many ways they could continue to learn about worship by participating in worship leadership and by assisting in other necessary roles (greeters, sound team, etc.) that help us worship as a community.
Growing out of these discussions, the idea of a worship apprenticeship was born, and this fall we will begin taking the steps to implement it. On September 23, all elementary children (grades 2-5) as well as all youth (grades 6-12) who are interested in participating in the Worship Apprenticeship Program, which will include “shadowing” and assisting our worship leaders and volunteers, are invited to attend an introductory class during the Sunday morning service.