Children of all ages are welcome in the sanctuary for Sunday worship, and we encourage parents and children to worship the Lord together as a family.
Throughout the history of God's people, children have been included in corporate worship gatherings (Josh. 8:35), and we see that children were addressed in multiple New Testament letters to the church as members of the congregation (Col. 3:20, Eph. 6:1). Jesus loved and welcomed children to himself (Mark 10:13-14). We love for whole families to worship together on Sundays and we want to equip parents to be the primary disciplers of their children at home (Deut. 6:4-9). The “togetherness” of families in worship is not only Biblical, but also profoundly needed in our fragmented society today. As one article points out,
“Worshiping together counters the contemporary fragmentation of families. Hectic American life leaves little time for significant togetherness. It is hard to overestimate the good influence of families doing valuable things together week in and week out, year in and year out. Worship is the most valuable thing a human can do. The cumulative effect of 650 worship services spent with Mom and Dad between the ages of 4 and 17 is incalculable.”
So children are welcome in our worship time each Sunday, with all the joys and challenges that can bring! We don't judge each other when our babies cry or our kids squirm. Children aren't perfect, and neither are parents, so we all give each other grace. We also offer a nursery for our littlest ones (ages 0-4) where children can participate in listening to Bible stories, memorizing a verse, singing songs, and having fun.
FAMILY WORSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP
We also want to equip parents to disciple their children throughout the week, teaching them the Bible and raising them in the love and discipline of the Lord (Eph. 6:4),centering their home on God and his word (Deut. 6:6-7). We do not believe that an hour or two on Sundays is sufficient for shaping and shepherding the hearts of our children, and we encourage parents to take responsibility for worshiping the Lord at home and discipling their children throughout the week. Download our free PDF, "Parenting According to Proverbs," and check out some of these other helpful tools for leading your children in church and making disciples at home!
- Parenting in the Pew, Robbie Castleman
- Let the Children Worship, Jason Helopoulos
- Family Worship, Don Whitney
- Family Shepherds, Voddie Baucham
- The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
- The Biggest Story ABC, Kevin DeYoung
- Psalms of Praise: A Movement Primer, Danielle Hitchen
- First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer, Danielle Hitchen
- ECC Children's Catechism, Holland Greig (PDF)