Worship and Wonder is “a joyful way to worship God. It invites both children and adults to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials. It is a worship environment that cultivates the imagination and invites children to fall in love with God.” (Sonja Stewart)
The late Sonya Stewart, an ordained Presbyterian minister and a professor of religion; and Dr. Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal priest, lawyer, and educator, combined efforts to write the book, Young Children and Worship, published in 1989. The book is the basis for the program used at First Presbyterian, as well as many churches throughout the country. It combines storytelling with worship in a meaningful way to nourish the spiritual formation of children.
First Presbyterian Church adopted the program in the summer of 2013 and opened its doors for children ages 3 – second grade on January 5, 2014. It is divided by age into two groups: younger children ages 3 -4 attend worship in the downstairs sanctuary, room 208; older children ages 5 – second grade worship upstairs in room 313 behind Gilmour Hall.
Some 20-25 volunteers rotate throughout the year as storytellers and greeters in the two locations each Sunday during the 9am and 11am services. Volunteer training is held at the beginning of each year, as well as other times as needed. Anyone interested may call the church office and leave their name and contact information. Read the Worship and Wonder Storyteller and Greeter Manual here.