I have been asked recently why we don't use "children's church" but instead keep our children in the worship assembly throughout the entire worship service.
Before I answer this question, I want to state that I don't care one way or another what you do with your kids.
And I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. I mean that I assume you are making decisions for your children that you feel will best benefit them and I don't feel defensive or judged in any way if your decision is different from mine. I am also making decisions for my children that I feel will best benefit them and I hope that you don't feel defensive or judged if I make different choices than yours.
Now that I have that out of the way, here is our thinking in keeping all of our children in the worship assembly:
- We want our children to be able to sit quietly through an assembly and realize that sometimes it is not their time to be the center of attention. We don't mind working with them at home or taking them out during worship to help them learn this. Because of this expectation, even our little children are able to attend weddings and funerals with us.
- We want them to know from an early age how we worship. We stand to sing praises, bow our heads and remain silent during prayer, listen to the word of God being read aloud, take communion, etc.
- We want them to hear things above their understanding. They recently heard about mission work in Mexico and Cambodia. It is common for our little children to ask us questions after worship service has ended, like "What is sacred?" or "What is tribulation?" This is a great opportunity for discussion and learning!
- We want them to see and hear respected men in positions of authority reinforcing what we teach at home. Just this week, one of our girls who is of the age to be eligible to attend children's worship, whispered in astonishment during the worship service, "Mama! He just said my memory verse!"
Do your children attend children's church? Why or why not?
(Remember, no judgment here...)