Children in the Church Services

When families worship together, children receive an amazing intergenerational experience, and thus have the opportunity to be influenced by the example of their parents and the congregation.

Children in the Church ServiceChildren are more likely to cherish and delight in the worship of God if they witness that heart for worship in the church. When they see their parents and other adults bow their heads in earnest prayer, or lift their hands in praise, the genuine worship they observe can stir their hearts to worship. Children can observe parents listening intently to the sermon, taking notes and processing the truth they are hearing. They observe this hunger for the Word of God, which can stir the same longing in their own hearts.

Learning to sit still in the church service can be difficult for children, but as they begin to listen carefully, they will understand more. Little by little, children will learn about God’s greatness, His love, His holiness, His judgment, and His faithfulness. They will begin to know how He works in the world. Children will hear of His mighty acts and His loving heart for His people. They will begin to understand what Jesus did on the cross and why He did it. Children will learn how much they need to depend on Jesus and how His death on the cross made a way for sinners to be saved.

What a benefit there is when children witness their mother or father singing with conviction, praying in reverence, listening intently to the sermon, or receiving the Lord’s Supper in joy. In these moments a child witnesses the importance of faith and worship. There are few greater encouragements to a child’s faith then seeing their parents worship God with reverence and joy.

JASON HELOPOULOS

Children in Worship—Let’s Bring it Back

A Vision and Strategy for Incorporating Children Into the Worship Service

“Let the Little Children Come to Me” in Worship

In this seminar, David Michael considers a biblical perspective on whether children should be included in the church worship services or attend a separate, child-friendly option. He also provides practical strategies for welcoming and involving children in corporate worship services.

"Let the Little Children Come to Me" in Worship: Seminar Handout

Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service

Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service

In this seminar, Sally Michael encourages parents to enfold their children in corporate worship and presents strategies children's ministry leaders can employ to train and encourage parents to have their children involved in the worship service. Listen to the recording from the seminar (MP3) and download the handout (PDF).

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8 Tips for Helping Your Child Worship

8 Tips for Helping Your Child Worship

Download this free printable for practical tips to prepare and train your children so they can enjoy Sunday morning services.
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“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10:14b

Resources for Families

My Church Notebook

My Church Notebook

Church services give us the opportunity to come into the presence of God with other people of God, both young and old. As children observe and join believers in worship, they learn to concentrate on God and see His greatness. Each volume of the My Church Notebook: Come Into His Presence guides elementary aged children to participate in the service. It teaches them to actively listen to the sermon, take notes, recognize key points, and ask questions. In response to what they hear, children can determine what God wants them to think, be, or do. With God’s help, children can discover who He is, understand more of His Word, and grow in their love for the truth. The My Church Notebook helps children to concentrate on God as they come into His presence.

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Children and the Worship Service

Children and the Worship Service

When we encourage families to worship together, we communicate to the children that they are a part of the congregation and, as such, should be included when the church gathers to worship. The presence of children also serves as a reminder to the church of its responsibility to nurture the faith of the next generation. Yet there are challenges that parents, other worshippers, and church leaders face when they include children in the church service. Children and the Worship Service addresses some of these challenges and provides practical suggestions for parents and churches, in the context of a biblical vision for the active participation of children in the worship services of the church.

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