Children in Worship
Children are a vital part of the Augustana community and warmly encouraged to attend worship services. We expect them to make noise and need to wiggle; they are growing in understanding and learning to be part of the church family. We have many resources available to parents and families to help you worship with your children.
PrayGround in the Sanctuary
Our prayground is intended for young children and their families. It is located in the front of the Sanctuary and consists of a soft rug, child size tables and chairs, cloth books, foam blocks, and other quiet, age-appropriate activities. Placing the prayground in the front of the sanctuary gives children a chance to see what is going on during worship.
Worship Bags for Children
Activity bags are available for children of all ages on the racks in the Narthex to help them understand what is going on during the worship service. We encourage children to grab a bag and learn about our worship service.
In case you or your child needs a break from worship, the family lounge is located just outside the sanctuary (formerly the nursery) and is a place for parents to go with their children if they need a break from the worship service. It is equipped with comfortable seating, age-appropriate toys, and resources for parents. This room has a speaker so you can listen to the worship service. An adult must stay with the child(ren) at all times in the Family Lounge.
Holy Communion is the part of our worship life, which sustains followers of Jesus Christ. God’s gifts of grace, forgiveness, and new life received through faith come to us in this meal. Augustana invites all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to participate as his guest at his table.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month, and occasionally at other times throughout the month, at the 8:30 and 9:45 am services. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at the 11 am service.
Augustana welcomes children in 2nd grade and older to participate in the First Communion class. Classes are held in February or March. Students and parents must attend one of the classes to be part of the First Communion service. We celebrate First Communion for children on Maundy Thursday.
Van Rides to Worship – Cancelled until further notice.
Augustana provides van transportation from nearby neighborhoods to church each Sunday morning for the 9:45 am service. The van runs from September through mid-May. Call the church office to schedule a ride.