For more information on the child-friendly worship, contact Luther Martell, pastor, by email.
There's a reverent silence most Lutherans recognize during Sunday worship. It's a silence that's conspicuously missing in the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Instead, the sounds of children running, talking and laughing fill the air — yet no one seems to mind.
At Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach, Calif., children begin worship with "wet crosses" — for themselves and adults.
"We noticed there were a lot of families with young children who had incredibly busy calendars," Martell said. "The way church is set up, there's Sunday school, choir practice, fellowship—until the Sunday commitment is four or five hours. The reality is we're not going to get the people in this community for that amount of time. So we started by asking, 'How can we get them here for an hour?' And we redesigned everything."
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