We envision a church family that glorifies God by worshiping Him together across the generations and by embracing our call to make disciples of all nations.
KEY SUNDAY MORNING GOALS FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY
- Gather together for intergenerational corporate worship.
- Pursue instruction in biblical community.
- Connect for relaxed and intentional fellowship.
NEW SCHEDULE STARTING SEPT. 12, 2021
- First Service: 8:30 – 9:37am
- Fellowship: 9:45 – 10:00 am
- Sunday Classes: 10:00 – 11:00 am
- Fellowship/Transition: 11:00 – 11:15 am
- Second Service: 11:15 am – 12:22 pm
Both services will be identical:
- A 67-minute, intergenerational corporate worship service
- Nursery/children’s programming available for newborns–Kindergarten
- Children (1st-5th grade) will be encouraged to stay for the whole service but will have an option of attending a children’s message during the sermon on the same text as the sermon and in another room. They will return to the worship service after the sermon.
Go deeper in God’s Word together in a smaller community:
- Adult classes to help you grow in your knowledge of God and His Word and get to know other people at Cherrydale
- Age-specific instruction for children, including teaching, worship, crafts, and games. View temporary outdoor classroom map.
- Youth class centered around the sermon and equipping teens to live out their faith.
- Nursery for newborns through 2-year-olds indoors with masked volunteers.
Food and fellowship in the Commons and in classrooms for all ages. This is a cherished time for our church family!
- Background paper: “Worshiping Together as One Church Family” by Kelli Dudley, Children’s Ministry Director
- Flyer/Bible bookmark
NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENT (AUG. 8)
NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE PROPOSAL (JULY 11)
Why does Cherrydale leadership believe this is the right direction for our church?
We desire for children to fully participate in the worship service – not just to reach the next generation with the gospel but also for the whole church to benefit from an intergenerational worship experience. We also desire for our church family to attend both worship and Sunday classes. There is fruit to learning together in smaller communities and, for children, in age-specific settings. Plus, we all need equipping for living out the gospel throughout the week. We believe that this new schedule helps us as a church family to better work toward our mission of making disciples who love God and people above all else.
Is this the right time to make a change of this magnitude given the year we have had with COVID?
There is probably never a perfect time to make a change like this, but COVID initially caused us to move in this direction. Now, we have an opportunity to capitalize on the growth we’ve seen over the year. For parents who are tired or hesitant to move in this direction, we have a plan in place (a children’s message during the sermon at both services) to allow everyone a chance to consider the model and be equipped to worship together as a church family. We will continually re-evaluate this plan to determine whether it is indeed achieving the outcome we desire.
What will this mean for adult Sunday classes?
We pray this will increase attendance for adult classes, especially for parents of younger children. Also, parents and teenagers can attend the same class together if they would like. We would like for people to consider spending the year doing three semesters of classes and one semester of volunteering during the 10:00 am class hour.
What grade levels may remain in the service? How was that determined?
We are encouraging children ages 1st- 5th grade to remain in the service. This decision was made by talking with teachers familiar with this age group, researching ages and stages of child development, and looking at other churches to see what ages stay for the entirety of their worship services.
What will the Children’s Message be? Why is this being offered?
Our heart’s desire is for all elementary students to benefit from and appreciate the whole service. We realize that for various reasons some families are not ready for that, which is completely understandable; we have just been through a pandemic, plus we are introducing this plan with little time for you to process it. Therefore, we plan on providing a Children’s Message in another room during the sermon that follows the same biblical passage as the sermon. The Children’s Message will be available at both the 8:30 and 11:15 am services.
We will equip and encourage parents to utilize this children’s message as a bridge to help their child develop the appetite and skill for corporate worship. We are viewing this option as a bridge not a destination. The Children’s Message should not be viewed as a replacement for 10:00 am Sunday school, which will include a lesson, worship, crafts, and games.
What curriculum will be used for the Children’s Sunday School during the 10:00 am Class hour?
For 2-3-year-olds, we’ll use a curriculum called God Loves Me. It consists of 52 Bibles stories told in simple and age-appropriate language that children can understand. The lessons also include a variety of activities where the children learn through play, e.g. using blocks to build the wall at Jericho, water play for Noah’s Ark, etc.
For PreK – 5th grade, we use a curriculum called Gospel Story. This curriculum allows the children to understand that God’s word is “one story with Jesus as the hero.” It is a 3-year curriculum that uses the same Bible stories for three different age and learning levels. In other words, Kindergartners will have a simple message and activities such as crafts and games while the 5th graders lesson will be more complex with interactive activities for the children. Since it’s a 3-year curriculum, if a child begins Sunday school in PreK and finishes in 5th grade, they will have heard lessons from both the Old and New Testament in ways that grow with them. This year, children will be studying the New Testament. Family devotional books are available for both the Old Testament and New Testament.
There are also two family devotion books that correspond to the lessons so that parents can supplement what their child has learned in their Sunday school class.
Where will classes be held?
Children ages newborn – 2-year-olds will have their nursery classes on the second-floor hallway near the Commons with masked volunteers.
3-year-olds – 5th grade will have their classes (weather permitting) outside either on the patio or in tents. To ensure the safety of all the children, extra adults will be on hand to “patrol”, and 3-feet tall traffic cones will be placed throughout the parking lot near the tents. View map.
Can children remain in the nursery for both a service and the class time? How will that work?
Yes, children can remain in the nursery for both a service and Sunday school for 2-3 year-olds and continued care for newborns – 24-month-olds. For families attending the 8:30 am service, parents will have the option of taking their children to the nursery starting at 8:15 am or taking their children to the nursery before the sermon starts. After the service is over, parents can either pick their children up for a time of fellowship (and bagels!) or their children can remain in the nursery until adult classes have ended.
If parents are attending adult classes and then the 11:15 am service, they can take their children to the nursery during fellowship time or right before their class begins. The children can stay in the nursery until the 11:15 am service ends.
Having children in the service with you can be challenging, especially for single parents. How can we support them?
We also recognize there are families with various circumstances, such as a family with a special needs child or a single mom facing the demands of parenting without a partner. In these cases, we as a church body need to come alongside and offer our support in tangible ways.
Further questions? Email [email protected]