Sunday, September 8, 2013

~*Thoughts on Kids in Church*~

We go to a great church that is all about family and children. They even put the word ~family~ in the name of the church....I totally dig that!

However, sometimes it gets awkward to keep our children with us in the sanctuary.  Today was one of them days!  We had several children cry, multiple times each, we had potty runs and a run to the nursery to well...a...nurse a little one (who never did nurse because...HELLO toys and babies everywhere)!

Why do we do this then if its hard, humbling and downright humiliating, at times? 

Because we are fostering connections with our children that have only been home for one year. 

Because our children from hard places relive the feelings of abandonment every time I walk away from them.  

Because we don't believe we should wait until children are in middle school to bring them in with us and expect them to just know how to sit quietly. They need to see worship in action at all ages.

They are learning! They are learning what worship is. They are learning what it means to come together and fellowship, how to behave and act among crowds, which many of my children fear.

I realize it is distracting to you and I will minimize that to the best of my ability. I try to keep them quiet and still but they will wiggle, whisper loudly, and whine. They will poke, prod and antagonize each other. They will scribble on their paper and ask for more. They will get hungry, hot, and thirsty. 

     They will know they can run to the Lord when they are thirsty, they will know they can talk to their elders who care deeply about them, they will know without a doubt that the family that prays together and worships together is committed to each other. That is a precious piece of the puzzle for children from hard places. 

Because this season is really short and before too long they will be gone and our pew will be empty.

So, please consider encouraging families that you see bring their children into the sanctuary. These children they are raising are a new generation, sanctified through Christ, they are doing a difficult thing that is against the recent traditions of the modern church. A pocketful of candy doesn't hurt anything, either! (My friend, Misty, knows exactly what I'm talking about!)

Mark 10:14
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Another good read about this can be found {here}.
 

2 comments:

  1. This is a great post. Our kids come to church with us as well. Some Sundays go wonderful, others don't. Thankfully our pastor is fine with that and more and more families are choosing to keep their kids with them. I do pack activities for them- a coloring/word find sheet, extra pens, etc.
    Keep up the good work parenting your kiddos:)

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  2. All the children stay with their parents at our church. We don't even have Sunday School. The whole family sits together for the whole service. :)

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