As the children played on the playground at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, their parents gathered in a semicircle and held devotion.
The Play Time…Prayer Time activity began in late June and the group has met several times since then.
Adults have a devotional and pray together. During that time, the children get to play, or participate in the devotion if they want, said organizer Heather Hummel, a member of Grace United.
“The kids will come and go during the devotion, which I think is cool because they see their parents taking time to worship and pray and study God’s word,” she said.
During Saturday’s gathering, the group discussed the faith of a child and how children are fearless and that adults should take the same stance in serving God.
As they talked, children came went, sitting on
their parents’ laps or playing in the open space in front of the group before heading back to join the other children.
Hummel got the idea for Play Time…Prayer Time one day as she watched her sons play, she said.
“I was really looking for something I could do with my kids,” she said. “I sat here one morning with my
boys and they were having such a good time, completely occupied and happy. I
thought, this is the perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents and caregivers to have their kids in a safe place and also have time for them.”
The group is not limited to Grace members. The group currently consists of participants from several North Augusta churches.
“There are so many families in North Augusta and I thought there has to be others who want the same thing,” she said.
Lora Lamberth was one of those who gathered Saturday. It was her first time meeting with the group and she attended with her husband and their twin girls.
A gathering of people who want to worship and serve God, “can only be a good thing,” she said.
The group’s next gathering will be Oct. 5 at noon at the playground at Grace United Methodist Church.
Those without children are also welcome to attend.
“It’s not just a moms’ group,” said Hummel.