Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Children in the Worship Service

I've noticed that many parents in our church are now keeping their kids with them for the entire Sunday morning worship service. I admire this decision and love to see families worshiping together (especially by the time kids enter grade school).

Parents, if you're looking for ways to keep your kids engaged in the worship service, here are some helpful articles:
For everyone else, thank you for your patience at the little disruptions along the way. Parenting is hard work! When a child gets noisy or seems squirmy, just smile and pray for them. Rejoice that they are in God’s house and that Mom and Dad are trying to train them right. If you’re sitting near a family with young children, see if you can be of any help. Maybe even offer to rock the baby or pick up that crayon off the floor.

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mk. 10:14). What a privilege to nurture young children in the faith. In a way, these kids are the most important guests at our church on Sunday morning. For they are the next generation who will serve God, long after the rest of us are gone.

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