Kids and Church Services

Am I going against my word? In the ABOUT page of this blog you will read that I do not want to weigh in on the (often heated) debate over the inclusion and involvement of kids in church services. There are many factors that influence this decision such as the size of the congregation, numbers and spread of ages of the kids, the availability of volunteer teachers and the venue (what facilities are there for a kids church service or Sunday School program, or even the ability to have all the adults and kids in the one room at the same time!). This often come before the varied biblical convictions and/or family preferences of those who have the power of decision over such matters. Given that any of the above factors could easily change, I think we should hold fast to a principle of kids/youth in church services and hold looser to the strategy. This allows the strategy to change in response to changing variables while still holding to the same principle.

I suggest the following as a principle for a church to adopt before deciding a strategy:

Principle:
Discipling and equipping kids for membership – into God’s heavenly kingdom and into a locally gathered body (church).

As (God willing) a church grows/changes, it can then adjust its strategy accordingly.

 


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Punctuality implies Priority

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  1. Not taking a child to their sports game or performance implies you don’t care.
  2. Turning up late with your child to their sports game or performance implies the priority is very low.
  3. Getting your child to their sports game or performance just as it starts implies you are only interested in their performance and not the whole team/production.
  4. Arriving early with your child to their sports game or performance implies you value them and the team/production they are involved in.

 

In general, how do you score in set 1? Assuming you love your children, I’m guessing you aim for #4,

  1. Not turning up to church implies you don’t care.
  2. Turning up late to church implies the priority is very low.
  3. Getting to church just as it starts implies you are only interested in the bit you like and not the whole body.
  4. Arriving early at church implies you value the body and support the purposes of a gathered church.

In general, how do you score in set 2? What priorities do you want your children to learn from you?

Aiming for #4 in set 1, and achieving <4 in set 2  implies you value your children more than God and His gathered body – this is idolatry. Thank Christ for forgiveness and His transforming spirit.

Seek repentance, pray for forgiveness, plan for change.

After some tips to get to church earlier? Try these.

 


Do you find these posts helpful in parenting to the Glory of God?
If you do, then I’m sure others would too. 

Please SHARE these posts, and in doing so pray for a generation of kids
who have had the gospel of Jesus taught & modelled to them by their parents.

 

Our most longed-for desires for our kids

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We all have aspirations for our kids with regards to careers, occupations, family and character. In this, Christian parents are no different to non-christian parents, and there is nothing wrong with any of these aspirations ….. until they become a priority over their eternal destiny.

If you agree that regardless of occupation or family status, our most longed-for aspirations for our kids is they would:

  • know and love Jesus,
  • be sharing this great gospel with all who have ears to hear, and
  • be actively involved in their church community,

please honestly answer these questions ….

  1. Do you spend more money sending your kids to music/sport activities or gospel programs/camps?
  2. Do you spend more time helping them with homework or reading them the bible?
  3. Do you spend more energy teaching them manners or teaching them the gospel?
  4. Does your punctuality for church match your punctuality for getting them to school?
  5. How many times have you opted for another activity instead of church this year (not counting illnesses, etc)?
  6. Do you find another gathering of God’s people to join for worship when you are away on a family vacation?
  7. Do you pray for salvation or prosperity (the good life) for your kids?

Are your actions and decisions in step with your desires for your kids?