By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Three and four year-olds at Kenilworth Union Church are invited into God’s love through song, story, and prayer. In chapel, they learn Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments and sing classic children’s worship songs.
In early childhood, three and four year-olds are learning to play with other children (instead of just playing side by side), recall part of a story, and sing a song. In Children’s Chapel and Sunday School, we meet them where they are. In chapel, we welcome them into God’s story through simple, sacred storytelling and singing spiritual songs that will stick with them their whole lives (watch this week’s story here!). In the classroom, we help them bring their whole lives to God with a prayer called “Help, Thanks, Wow,” where they discuss together what they need help with, what they are grateful for, and what in God’s creation has caused them say “wow” this week. These practices help them to begin to develop a religious vocabulary, and a shared language of faith, that will be important in their childhood and into adulthood as well.