- Family, other well-known faces, and strangers were seated all around him.
- People were bowing their heads, with eyes closed, being very quiet.
- A man up front, with his eyes closed, was talking earnestly.
- Grandma stood up with everyone else and started singing, and some people raised their hands.
- The man up front opened a book and read from it while everyone else listened.
- A basket was passed around, and people put something in it.
…consider three of the convictions that feed our desire for children to be present when the church gathers for worship.
- Children are absorbing more from a worship service than we think they are.
- Lifetime habits and attitudes are more easily formed and more likely to endure if established early in life.
- The habit of regularly participating in corporate worship.
- The habit of listening. If we help children develop good listening skills when they are young, even if they do not understand everything being said, they are more likely to benefit from the ministry of the Word as their minds mature and are able to grasp more complex ideas.
- The habit of self-control.
- Important values are reinforced.
- Like every human being, children are created for worship, and when they gather with us for worship they contribute in ways that are unique to children and can benefit the whole assembly.
- The presence of children in our worship services helps to reinforce to our children that they are included in our fellowship, and the Body Christ is established by faith and not by age.
- The presence of children in our worship services also reminds the church body of our responsibility to teach our children to fear the Lord and diligently teach them what we have learned of God and the life of faith.
“Let the Children Come to Me” in Worship (led by David Michael) Like every human being, children were created for worship, and one of the strategies for raising a generation of worshippers is to include them in worship services of the church. Another strategy is to create a separate, more "child-friendly" worship experience for children until there is sufficient maturity and understanding to worship with the adults. In this seminar, we consider a biblical perspective on this topic and some practical strategies for welcoming and involving children in the corporate worship services of the church.
Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service (led by Sally Michael) This seminar will discuss the difficulties of involving children in the worship service and propose solutions to solve those difficulties. Practical suggestions will be given that parents can use to enfold their children in corporate worship, as well strategies children’s ministry leaders can employ to train and encourage parents to have their children involved in the worship service.
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