for Friends and Families
A worship service that lifts up childrens' leadership and participation, Waffle Church invites everyone to get a little messy along the way.
Waffle Church is made of songs, stories, construction paper, maple syrup, and the love of Jesus.
Waffle Church takes place every second Sunday of the Month
coffee's hot at 10:30 am
service begins at 11:00 am
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I arrive?
Worship begins at 11am. Arrive anytime after 10:30am to have a cup of coffee, familiarize yourself with the space, or help stir waffle batter.
What happens at a Waffle Church service?
We sing and pray and hear the stories of Scripture. We celebrate communion by sharing bread and cup, then continue the celebration with waffles. Then we sing some more and clean-up the space before going on our way. There is often movement, and sometimes an invitation to visual art. Children and adults are invited to participate in every aspect of Waffle Church.
Most everyone loves waffles; they are easy to make; they are delicious. Especially our waffles. Our volunteer waffle chefs makes the batter from scratch- traditional waffles, gluten free waffles, and sometimes mashed potato or brownie waffles. Waffles actually trace their roots back to the iron used to prepare communion wafers for the church in medieval Europe. What a coincidence!
Is Waffle Church just for families and children?
Waffle Church is for everybody! All ages. Come alone. Come with friends. Come with a partner, a child, or a whole group.
We may not all have children, but we have all BEEN children.
My child is squirmy. Is there something for her/him to do during Waffle Church?
Children (and adults) are invited to move around the space during worship. We have chairs and rugs and floor pillows. We have soft toys and books and crayons always available. And our worship is interactive, with music and movement and participation and often art.
Is there communion? Are kids invited to join?
There is communion at every Waffle Church. We share the bread and cup together, and all are invited to the table of welcome. Children are particularly curious about communion and often gather closest to the table to hear the story and see the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.
Is the space equipped for really young children?
We hope so. There is a changing table in the bathroom, booster seats, covers on all of the outlets, and age-appropriate toys. There is also space for storing foldable strollers.
I have dietary restrictions. Will I be able to eat?
If you have particular dietary restrictions that you are concerned about, please let us know! We do our best to provide options- we serve gluten-free waffles (though not gluten-free communion bread) and often have fruit salad, as well.
For communion, we use grape juice, not wine.
My child has special needs. What do I need to know?
Everyone is a child of God and welcome in worship. Your child is invited to participate in the way they know how. If it would be helpful to communicate with us ahead of time about your child’s needs, please email us and we’ll do our best to welcome your child.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you would like! There is no dress code at Waffle Church, but we do sometimes use paint and other potentially messy materials (always non-toxic and washable).
How long does Waffle Church last?
Worship begins at 11am and usually concludes by 12:30pm. Worship encompasses our waffle-eating and even our shared clean-up. If you need to leave early (for a nap or other engagement), you are welcome to do so.