First United Methodist Church of Rockport, Texas
Friday, October 20, 2017
Growing Families in Christ

 Sunday Morning Services

  8:00 a.m.         Worship with weekly Holy Communion

 10:30 a.m.       Traditional Methodist Worship with Lectionary-Based Liturgy and Preaching. Holy Communion served monthly, on first Sundays.
                               
  • Our worship life is organized around the Revised Common Lectionary—a system of reading through the entire Bible in a 3-year cycle.  

  • Both of the worship services are mixed with musical styles and offerings.  The Adult Choir is present regularly in the 10:30 a.m. Service and occasionally there are ensemble groups, solo gifts, and instrumental additions to the praise and glory of God. 

 

Welcome Children!!  Families Worshiping Together

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Rockport!  We are glad you are here, and we pray that you and your family have a blessed worship experience in this place.  Worshiping together as a family is a vital part of the faith journey, and this church family is here to help you! Here are a few tools that we hope you will find helpful.

Children of all ages are always welcome in worship here! little boy standing next to the pew where his parents are sitting in worship

1. Nursery Care is available for children ages 0-4. The nursery is located in the hall between the Live Oak and Rose Garden entrances, next to the water fountains.

2. Family Friendly Area is near the Live Oak entrance. You’ll find books, activities, and crayons which can help a child concentrate during worship. If your child needs some wiggle room, he or she is welcome to grab a rug and sit quietly on the floor in this area.  Parents, please stay in this area so that you can supervise your child(ren).

3. Children’s Moment is offered during the 10:30am service, typically following the “Prayers of the People.”

4. Holy Communion is on first Sundays during the 10:30am service, and every Sunday during the 8:00am service. Encourage your child to join you as you take part in this Holy Sacrament. All are welcome to receive the bread and the cup. We offer these gifts of grace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not the United Methodist table, nor First United Methodist Church’s table.  This is the table of the Living God.

 

Ways you can help engage children in worship:

1. Model hospitality by wearing a name tag (and let your child wear one too!). This helps others to learn your name. As you’re meeting and greeting people, be sure to include children.

2. Be positive. Emphasize by words and actions the positive, important, happy things you have come to do together in worship.

3. Relax. Say “be quiet” or “be still” as infrequently as possible.  Your fellow worshipers understand that children are learning how to worship.

4. Participate. Feel free to remain seated with your child and point out words of songs that we sing or words we read during services. Help your child locate and follow along with Bible verses that are read. Even non-readers can begin to learn these habits. Allow your child to give their own offering. Children ages 9 and up are welcome to begin serving as Acolytes.

5. Explain. Notice things that catch your child’s interest in worship. Look for symbols, colors and shapes in banners and alter cloths. Be aware of minimizing distractions for others, but take time to quietly talk about them. Explain the purpose of items in the worship bulletin. If you’re unsure about something, consider visiting with a person sitting near you about it. Comment on special events in worship such as baptism and other special days in the life of the church’s celebration.

6. Challenge your child to listen to the sermon and share with you after the service.  A journal or drawing pad might help them to concentrate. Consider rewarding their thoughtful responses.

7. Be consistent. Make Sunday worship a regular part of the time you spend with your children. 

 

Make time to build faith in your home. Building a strong faith foundation is more than worshiping on Sunday morning. Let God’s love be evident during the rest of the week too. FAITH5™ (Faith Acts In The Home) is a simple, easy-to-implement faith practice, perfect for incorporating into your bedtime routine for five to fifteen minutes a night. When done over time, the FAITH5™ carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health. The five steps are:

© SHARE your highs and lows

© READ a Bible verse or story

© TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows

© PRAY for one another's highs and lows

© BLESS one another

To learn more about FAITH5™, please visit www.faith5.org

As you go through this faith journey with your children, we hope you can rest in knowing that you are not alone. We are so glad you are here!

For more information about Family and Children's Ministries at First UMC Rockport, please contact Stefany Simmons, Director of Family Ministries.  May God bless your family always! 

Remember the One whom we worship said, “Whoever welcomes one such child  in my name welcomes me.”  Matthew 18:5

 

 

 

Hearing Devices are available from the Audio Booth Team.

 

Large Print RED Hymnals are spread throughout the sanctuary and can be requested by an USHER.