Welcome to another Homes Devoted minute…Hi. I’m Jonathan Cronkhite. We are discussing the reasons our kids should attend worship services with their parents.
How do we want our children to view church worship? Church worship should be about giving God our best, giving Him the glory, setting aside time to worship together and encourage each other, and it’s about growing closer and connecting to God through prayer and learning His Word.
Unfortunately, when our children ONLY go to the children’s program or youth Sunday School, they grow up thinking that coloring, crafts and hanging out with friends is what happens at church. In short: church is fun. If I can be honest: It’s a lot more entertaining than reverent. But what happens when it’s not fun anymore? Even on Sunday mornings, lots of parents are too concerned about trying to meet their children’s needs [keep them entertained] and therefore feel guilty for bringing them into church, because it’s too boring.
Then they grow up and become teenagers (or we wait until they are in college) and we expect them to go to a worship service; to sit still, listen, to be reverent, respectful, hear the word of God taught and possibly take notes! Then the battle begins! I constantly hear parents complain, “My kids don’t want to go to worship.” It’s because we have trained our kids to grow up thinking that church is all about them. Which means we have not instilled a reverence for God; we have just brought the world’s attitude into the church that “it has to meet my needs or I’m out.”
Our job as parents isn’t to be their entertainment directors. It’s to raise children who love and serve and respect and honor God. We have to train our kids that sometimes learning about God and worshiping Him is not all fun and games; it’s not all about us. Where in the Bible does it say that following God is full of fun times? Actually, it says we will face trials of many kinds.
Maybe if we trained our kids to sacrifice for God, trained them to lay down their lives for Him, they might experience a God that does come through for them.
Let’s impress our faith at home so our kids see how awesome God is and lets help our kids see how God is at work and how He answers prayers, how He protects and how He provides, so that when we come to worship they are also compelled to worship! God deserves our reverence, our service, our worship. He deserves an hour of our week where we surround ourselves with singing and reading the word and applying His Word to our lives.
Here are a few questions:
- Why do you go to church?
- Do you complain about church when it doesn’t meet your needs? (If parents discuss the entertainment value of the message and music, this contributes to the child’s thinking worship is to entertain them.)
- When do you want your kids to start learning the real reason we go to church?
I agree with your message, kids should be in the main service with their parents or alone if the parents don’t attend. When I was a young puppy, I went to Sunday School and then to the main service w/o my parents, so did all the other kids my age. Then during the week I would attend MYF which was more social than worship.
I’ll be one of your cheer leaders, go get ’em.
Hey Jim. I didn’t see your comment until just now. Thanks! You went to the main service without your parents!??? Why as a young boy did you? What drew you in? (I’ll bet it was the relationships you had with some adults.) Jonathan
Thanks for helping solidify our desire to have the kids with us. It is some of the best cuddle time all week as I also try to communicate how special it is to praise God alongside other believers. My desire is to see my children more active in the service at whatever level they are able. We are excited to see your heart’s message become more widely spread. Have a geat day. Julie
Thanks Julie. There are so many reasons why it’s vital to have our kids in worship with us. They may not even understand what they are “getting” out of it, but it’s so much more than just the intellectual, head knowledge. They are seeing mom and dad worship, seeing baptisms, etc.etc. Let us know if we can come to Northside for a session with parents, etc…We’d love to. Jonathan