Worship at Ravensworth
Worship is a high priority at Ravensworth. We seek to honor God through prayer, music, congregational participation, observing the seasons of the church year, and following the Revised Common Lectionary. Plus, we are privileged week in and week out to hear the excellent preaching of our pastor, Steve Hyde. We think you will find worship at Ravensworth inspiring, intellectually and spiritually stimulating, reverent, and challenging. Join us next Sunday and find out for yourself.
September through June: Worship begins at 11:00 AM
july & august: worship begins at 10:00 am
Children's Worship & Nursery
Children are an integral part of the faith community at Ravensworth. In the middle of every Sunday service, a member of the ministerial staff or a volunteer from the congregation invites the children to the front of the sanctuary for Children's Time, which often features a lesson based on the scripture readings for that week.
School Age Children
Except on the 3rd Sunday of each month, older children join their families in the sanctuary for worship and stay through the Gospel reading, then leave with volunteers to participate in Children's Worship.
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, children stay in the sanctuary for the entire worship service, and join the adults in the celebration of Communion. The pastor invites the children to the communion table in order to give each of them a cracker to symbolize God's love and their inclusion as valued members of the community. Also on Communion Sundays, two child volunteers collect a benevolence offering for community needs as the congregation leaves the sanctuary.
Pre-school and Nursery Age Children
Following Sunday School, all children Kindergarten age and younger remain in their classrooms for an extended session while their parents and older children are in the worship service. There are two areas, both entered through Room #125, one for infants and toddlers, and one for those those ages 3 and older.
The three paid preschool caregivers are assisted by a rotation of scheduled, trained volunteers. During Children's Time in the worship service, the older preschoolers will be escorted into the sanctuary to participate in the lesson, then led out again to return to the child care area.
Paid childcare workers, along with rotating volunteers, run the child care areas each Sunday. In addition to individual attention, the staff and volunteers offer safe, age-appropriate play materials and activities for all infants and toddlers.
For more information on Sunday School for children and drop-off times before Worship begins, click here.