Children and youth are welcome, included, and valued at BuxMont. Sunday mornings include worship and learning experiences for all ages. We provide a caring Nursery environment for the very youngest. Activities for children and their families are an intrinsic part of the community here. In the words of William Ellery Channing, “The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own… not to form an outward regularity, but to touch inward springs.”
Each Sunday begins with a worship experience for children ages 3 and older. Some weeks this takes place upstairs in the sanctuary where children sit with their families, are invited to the front of the room for a story, and are then “sung out” to their classes. Other weeks, (every week in the summer) children begin in our Circle Time area for children’s worship with the Director of Religious Education, a lay leader, or sometimes the minister, before heading to classes for the remainder of the morning. Several services each year are specifically designed to be inter-generational and appeal to all ages.
Children of all ages (and babies) are welcome to attend any service with an adult. Special seating is always available in the social hall for those who want to listen, watch, and be able to move about as they need to – or even play or draw/color quietly.
Occasionally, a service will deal with a particularly difficult topic (e.g. school shootings) that may be unsuitable for some small children. In these cases, a verbal warning will be given early in the service to allow families to decide whether they would rather have their children visit a downstairs classroom that day.
Religious Education & Youth Group
We are proud of our comprehensive religious education program for children and youth. Classes are provided for 3-year-olds through 8th grade during Sunday morning services. Programming for high-school youth is offered at 6 p.m. from September – June.
Children visiting BuxMont are welcome to attend classes a few times before registering for the program. Greeters at the main entryway will be happy to introduce you to the Director of Religious Education, who can give you more information and help you find the right class for your child. Parents or guardians may remain with their children in class as a supportive presence if needed – and to learn more about how our program works.
Infants, toddlers, and children 3 years old or younger are welcome in the nursery during Sunday services. The nursery is open and staffed by an adult caregiver and teen assistant from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (10:00-11:45 a.m. during the summer) with a brief break between services . There is no charge for the use of the Nursery.
Activities for All Ages
Children and youth are included in most Fellowship events, including gardening, game nights, concerts, coffeehouses, potluck dinners, drum circles, seasonal parties, picnics and more. Our young people are also invited to participate in service activities throughout the year, such as a Martin Luther King day of service, caring for their classrooms and the Fellowship grounds, and raising funds or collecting goods for worthy organizations.
Child Care during Fellowship Events
Many BuxMont events and meetings offer free child care if requested at least one week in advance. Depending on the event location within the building and the number of children attending, this child care may be provided in the nursery or in one of the downstairs classrooms. Please check the event listing and confirm child care with an event organizer, letting him or her know the age and any special needs of each child you will be bringing.