A Note from the Children’s Pastor
To know God and to make Him known are the goals of my life, for myself and our kids. It is my heart to teach, encourage, support, and love our families so that we all grow in our love for Him!
Here at IAC, we hope our children participate in the service, KID’s Church, fun family events, and the sacraments. We offer these things to help form them in the faith, but we also realize that we often learn about God from watching them follow God! While a team of dedicated volunteers teaches our kids on Sunday mornings, we also focus on equipping you, the child’s parents, to be the primary spiritual heroes in your children’s lives. We are partnering with you, not the other way around!
Held by Him,
Children are always welcome to stay with their parents in the service. Or, they can experience love and care from our teachers and helpers in KID’s Church, as well as engage with the Big Story of God in ways appropriate to their age. Here’s what to do if you want your kids to participate in KID’s Church:
Make sure to register your children before the service starts at the check-in station. You’ll use the Parent Sticker you receive later in the service to pick up your child.
2. Drop Off
KIDs Nursery – 3 Years: Drop off your kids in the Nursery or 2’s-3’s classroom after the Blessing of the Children (before the Sermon)
KIDs 4 Years – 5th Grade: Please walk children to the basement fellowship hall after the Blessing of the Children (before the Sermon)
3. Pick Up
KIDs Nursery – Kindergarten: Go to the children’s wing to pick up your kids at the Passing of the Peace before Communion. In order to ensure our kids’ safety, make sure you bring your Parent Sticker and give it to the teacher before taking your child back to the service.
KIDs 1st – 5th Grade: Children will be dismissed back to their parents in the service by their teachers.
Children & Family Events
Families and children need community outside of Sunday morning just like everyone else! Our goal is not to just fill up a calendar with activities, but to provide meaningful opportunities for connection, encouragement, and fun. We plan these kinds of events regularly: check out the events page to learn more about what’s happening this month.
Children & the Sacraments
We welcome infants for baptism, and regard it as a biblical and gospel-rooted practice. However, we also respect those who do not hold this belief, and we have families at IAC that choose not to baptize their infant children. Baptism is the sacrament of being included in the covenant community of God’s people. Therefore, we always baptize infants and children based on the faith of their parents, which they then commit to passing on to their children. At baptism, children become part of the covenant community, where they grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord until they – one day – “complete” their baptism by expressing personal repentance and faith. At this point, Confirmation is an appropriate demonstration of how God has fulfilled what began in baptism.
Communion is the “family meal” of the covenant community, so all baptized children are absolutely welcome at the table. If children are not baptized, they are welcome to cross their arms over their chest as they approach the table so that we will know to pray a blessing over them. If children forget to cross their arms, please ask us and we will gladly pray for them! Parents, as the primary spiritual heroes of their children, decide at what age their baptized children are prepared to receive communion.
We fully realize that we come from a variety of faith backgrounds where these are debated practices. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of the clergy if you have questions or would like to know more.
About International Anglican Church
At IAC, we want the gospel of Jesus Christ to define who we are and shape what we do. We are rooted in the sacred traditions of the church, passionate about the Scriptures, and utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit. We were planted in America by the Anglican Church of Rwanda and have been uniquely shaped by that relationship.
Service Times & Location
9am & 10:45am
1305 N. Union
Colorado Springs, CO 80909