The Young Children and Worship Experience

January 31 – February 1, 2014
Kingston United Methodist Church
9 Church Street, Kingston, NJ, 08528



Children and Worship pic (b)Young Children and Worship is a program that presents a joyful way for children to worship God through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials. At this two-day training, participants will learn, through demonstration and hands-on activities, how to create a worship environment that cultivates the imagination and invites children to fall in love with God. This seminar is offered in partnership with Young Children and Worship and Kingston United Methodist Church.

The Young Children and Worship workshop will:

  • Show you how to lead and administer this time of worship with children, ages three to seven, and up to sixth grade.
  • Show you how to prepare a special worship environment, where both children and adults sense the awe and wonder of God.
  • Teach you how to tell the biblical stories and parables, using wooden figures and other materials in a unique storytelling format.
  • Invite you into the joy of worshiping with Children.

Training Schedule

Friday evening
5:30 p.m. - Registration
5:45 p.m. - Experiencing Young Children and Worship - Going through a full worship session
6:45 p.m. - What did you just see and where did it come from?
7:15 p.m. - Break
7:30 p.m. - The order of what you just experienced - A worship approach to the spiritual formation of Children
8:00 p.m. - Your Turn
8:30 p.m. - Closing Worship
9:00 p.m. - Go in Peace

9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Worship
9:30 a.m. - How do You Help the Children Get Ready to be With God?
10:15 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m. - The Church Year – How it Fits
11:00 a.m. - How do You Get Ready to be in the Worship Center?
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - I Wonder how to Wonder
1:30 p.m. - Your Turn
2:15 p.m. - The Worship Center Environment
2:45 p.m. - Getting your Congregation on Board, Costs and Ways to Build Materials
3:15 p.m. - Time for Q and A;  Explore Worship Center;  Exchange Emails
3:30 p.m. - Story - “Jesus and the Children”
4:00 p.m. - Go in Peace;  Practice



Olivia SR photo (3) Olivia Stewart Robertson is the granddaughter of Sonja Stewart, co-creator of Young Children and Worship. Olivia was in the very first Young Children and Worship center in 1985 and has developed a great love for Children and Worship over the last 28 years. She began to lead training workshops with her Grandmother in 2000 and has done workshops throughout the country. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2008 where she received her Masters in Divinity. She is also the Minister for Children and Family Ministries in the National Office of the Disciples of Christ Church. She hopes to continue to share Children and Worship with people all over the world and is passionate about the joy and wonder it brings to children as they grow in their relationship with God.



$120 per person (includes snacks and lunch on Saturday). To register for this event, click here.



Important: This event is taking place at The Kingston United Methodist Church. Not on the seminary campus.

Kingston United Methodist Church
9 Church Street
Kingston, NJ 08528

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail or contact Olivia Stewart Robertson at You may also get information from the Children and Worship website, by clicking here.


Affordable lodging is available in Princeton Theological Seminary’s Erdman Center at an additional cost. The seminary campus is 3.7 miles from the Kingston United Methodist Church. To book a room call the Erdman Center at 609-497-7900