Families Together in Worship

So it’s another Monday. Maybe this is not the best time for some of you to read about the importance of having children in the corporate worship service. For those of us without little ones, we may have felt annoyed by the squirming and noisy child sitting behind us yesterday—”Can’t those parents get a handle on their kid?!” Or you might be one of those exhausted parents who spent the entire service trying to keep your cool while your kids seemed intent on public mayhem! You might be thinking, “Give me children’s church, or give me death!”

So it begs the question: Do we really want to encourage children to attend the corporate worship service with their parents? Wouldn’t everyone be happier if the children could “go away” to their own little age-appropriate church service?

Last year in a post titled “Children in Worship—Lets Bring it Back,” Jason Helopoulos, guest blogger over at Kevin DeYoung’s blog gave six good reasons why children should be encouraged to attend corporate worship services:

1. Our children are members of the covenant community (the church).

2. Our children will be present in the midst of the means of grace.

3. Our children will be present in the midst of the entire congregation.

4. Our children will be present with their parents.

5. Our children will witness their parents worshipping.

6. Our children will learn the rhythms of church life.

You can read the whole article here, plus his follow-up post, “Children in Worship–Mom Tested Tips.”

Another helpful resource is John and Noel Piper’s article “The Family: Together in God’s Presence.”

Coming to the CDG national conference in May? Consider attending Pastor Bud Burk’s new seminar “The Generations in the Worship Service.” This seminar is designed to cast a vision for the importance of children and adults participating together in corporate worship. It will also provide you with practical application to teach families how to engage together in all elements of the worship service.

Also, remember to enter our contest from Friday by this Thursday, March 21st at 11:59pm CST, in order to win one of three ESV Children’s Bibles!

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Truth78.

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