What to Expect

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Children's Ministry

V&M Kids program offered at 11 am and 4 pm services

Children are very welcome at Valley & Mountain! Programming is designed and overseen by Rev. Emily Tanis-Likkel, our Minister of Spiritual, who brings together spiritual depth and expertise in childhood education. Families stay together for the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then kids are invited to join the program in the children’s space for about 30 minutes (families can stay together if they choose). At the 11 am service we have more kids so we have multiple classrooms for the different age groups. At the 4 pm service, we have just one program, centering on different spiritual education Montessori-style play stations, to make it possible for a range of ages to have meaningful experiences. We take the spiritual lives of children seriously and offer a play-based, story-centered, empathetic, liberatory form of spiritual education that moves beyond black-and-white moralism and indoctrination, and into helping kids develop compassionate ethics and a genuine spiritual imagination.

Contact Emily

Reflections

Messages and Interviews each Sunday

An engaging, relevant, provocative reflection or interview is part of both Celebrations each Sunday. We plan to provide an archive soon. For now, you can link to the most recent Reflection on the button below.

Listen to a reflection

Music

The 11 am service offers a world music mix, with an emphasis on gospel music. Our leader is Yasmin Ravard-Andresen, who also directs the Resistance Choir.

The 4 pm service is even more varied in terms of genre and style. We currently led by Andrew & Hannah Brenlan, and are looking for our next leader.

Interested in music? We hold a monthly Music-a-long gathering where you can learn new songs and rehearse to play or sing with the music teams on Sunday.

Contact Yasmin