We love the vibrancy, the noise, the hope and the passion children bring to a body of believers. We want the children to be "seen and heard" here. Our deepest desire is that Commons would be a home for people from all walks of life and all ages; and we want the children to feel as loved, accepted, involved, known, as anyone else who walks through our doors. This is the way Jesus said it should be. That’s why children are invited to join us during worship and participate as parents feel is appropriate.
We also have a nursery room with a live video feed of the service where you can stay with your child or drop them of with our volunteers. Finally, full staffed kids classrooms for Toddlers, Preschool and Grades K-5 open after the music every Sunday morning.
As our children’s population grows, we are looking forward to more creative programming.
In order to ensure the safety of our kids we use Planning Center Check Ins to ensure that only you can pick up your child. If you're visiting, one of our volunteers can help you check in. If you've checked in before, just type your phone number in on the iPad near the Connection Area upstairs or by the doors to the children's area downstairs and it will print you a drop off tag.
It takes a lot of volunteers to care for our children well. Our volunteers invest their time, energy and love into our children and we are deeply grateful. In order to ensure a safe environment, volunteering requires proper vetting and background checks. If you would like to volunteer you can start the process by completing the form below.
In bringing your child to the community of faith to be either baptized or dedicated, you are acknowledging your desire and the child’s need for the gathered church to help children come to faith and to grow in faith throughout their lives. Baptism and dedication are similar, but not the same. Baptism is a sacrament that looks forward to God’s searching, seeking and finding us. Dedication is a practice developed in relation to believer baptism and points to the parent’s commitment to raise their child in a way that teaches of God’s love.
When parents bring their child for baptism, they acknowledge in the sacrament, God’s promise and the unmerited gift of God’s redeeming grace. Its emphasis is not on our response, but on what God has already graciously done for us through Jesus Christ.
Parents who dedicate their child look forward to the day when the child hears, believes, and is baptized. The believer who is baptized makes public, through immersion or sprinkling, the witness to this conversion and a pledge of personal discipleship. The focus here is more on the believer’s conscious reception of God’s grace.
At Commons Church we celebrate the historic diversity of the body of Christ and recognize both practices in our community. For more information you can read our white paper on baptism here.
As the community continues to grow and mature one of the next big investments we are making is in our youth. We want our Jr High and High School aged students to feel part of the larger Sunday services, but we also recognize the unique need our youth have to connect with other students their age.
Commons Youth gathers monthly to carve out community for youth grades 7 to 12. With a strong group of volunteers, we meet on the first Friday of every month to build relationships, consider themes in faith, and have a lot of fun together. Join the Commons Youth Facebook Group to stay connected to what’s coming up, including the launch of Youth Home Church in 2017.