"Let the little children come to me; of not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." Mark 10:14
At Duke Memorial children are central to the life of the congregation. Our hope is that your children will not only be welcome but will become minister in our church, worshiping and serving as full members of Christ's body.
Children are encouraged to attend all-church worship at 10:55 am. Our congregation welcomes your whole family - wiggles, squirms, and cries. For family members who want another space for their child, we offer nursery care for infants through four-years old. There is also the Lullaby Room, located behind the sanctuary, for parents whose children need a quiet space during the service. Children can participate in worship as lectors, through music and arts, by serving as acolytes, participating in children's offerings, using a Worship Bag, completing a Pew Project, and learning the rhythms of church life.
On Sunday mornings, we offer opportunities for children to engage Scripture as they learn to be followers of Jesus. Using the lectionary-based Whirl curriculum, children are invited to Sunday School each morning at 9:30 am. We begin with a monthly rotation of music and arts (choir, chimes, dance, drums, and drama) followed by a Bible study in specific age groups. We offer the following age-based classes: Pre-K, K-1, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th.
At Duke Memorial, we believe that children are a gift from God. In order to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children and youth we have a Safe Sanctuaries Policy. The Safe Sanctuaries Policy is a set of guidelines and procedures implemented to create an environment in which children, youth, and adults who work with them have boundaries of safe space. All volunteers and workers with infants, children, and youth have had background checks and have received training in our Safe Sanctuaries Policies.