WHY DO WE WORSHIP WITH CHILDREN?

WHY DO WE WORSHIP WITH CHILDREN?

Research tells us that children who worship with their parents are three times more likely to grow into adults, who have a life-transforming faith in Jesus Christ and who are connected to a worshipping, serving, learning community of faith themselves.  Isn’t this precisely what all of us want for the children we love?

Scripture

  • God created all
  • God calls all into relationship with both God and the neighbor
  • God calls all of us to worship
  • Jesus welcomed children
  • Jesus told us we need to become like children in faith, so they
  •    are sent as our teachers
  • All need to know God’s story, so that we can share God’s story

Baptism

  • We welcome children as our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Children are the present of the church, not just its future.
  • The Holy Spirit is active in the children, stirring up faith.
  • Parents promise to bring their children to worship in God’s house.

How children learn

  • By doing, early and often.
  • By watching the adults we love worshipping.
  • When worship becomes a family habit.
  • Children can lead in worship, too.

What children learn by worshipping

  • That worship is important to the adults they love.
  • How to worship.
  • Elements of worship – prayer, creed, hymns, liturgy.
  • That they belong, that they are a vitally important part of the faith family.
  • That Jesus loves them and welcomes them.