cypress chapel = family

The mission & ministry of CYPRESS CHAPEL was designed with families in mind.  We desire that parents engage their children in conversations about their relationship with God, and model what living as a disciple of Jesus looks like.


So parents, bring your kids to WORSHIP at FAMILY CHAPEL. Each week we'll have age-appropriate messages for your kids, and we will make sure to do things in a timely manner to hold their (and your) attention. On the first and third gatherings of the month, we'll also receive the Lord's Supper.  If your child has not been instructed about this special meal, we encourage you to offer a spoken blessing that can sound something like this: "Our Heavenly Father in His love for you sent His Son, Jesus into this world to die for you and forgive all your sins. You are forgiven and loved."


KID'S DNA occurs every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays after Worship at The Shack. Students will be divided into three different groups: Pre-K/K, 1st-5th Grade, and Middle/High School. Group leaders will help to facilitate discussion and an age-appropriate activity, focusing on the Bible story from worship that day.


Kids are also welcome at the HOME GATHERINGS - after all, we want this to feel like your new extended family.  We'll pray, eat, laugh, and play together.  Sometimes it's a little loud and a little messy, but that's what eating with family looks like, too.


Each week, log back in to the RESOURCES page for focused conversations and games you can share with your kids that all relate to the lesson on Sunday. You may even invite some friends to participate! 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.

KIDS IN WORShIP

[ Jesus said: "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." --Matthew 19:14 ]


To parents of young children: 

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress those wiggles in God’s house. Consider sitting toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to engage. Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the pastors, musicians and leaders. Sing the songs, pray and voice the responses. Children learn behavior by mimicking you. If you have to leave the Sanctuary with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. 


Some songs really lend themselves to moving around and expressing your faith.  Feel free to use those extra wiggles to dance for Jesus!