We believe that our children are an important part of our worshiping community. Our aim is not to pull kids out of worship – we seek to notice and know the children that are part of our church family. Every child has asked at some point, “But why do I have to go to church?” We don’t want your answer to be, “Because I said so.” The community is one of the best reasons for wanting our kids and everyone to be part of a spiritual congregation. We want children to feel like the church is not a place they go to – it’s a family they belong to.
Choosing to worship with our children calls for a disciplined commitment – from both the family and the church. When we choose to worship together it is not so much a question of the choice – but the culture which understands and supports the act. Instead of fragmenting the family of faith we seek to incorporate worship with conviction. We follow a Lord who placed children “in the midst of them” (Mark 9:36). Jesus himself came into the world as a baby and grew as a child. He welcomed and blessed children when his friends thought them an interruption.
Children learn today in ways that are varied, active and appropriate to their ages and capabilities. Beyond the tensions of all ages joined together lies the exciting opportunity to be the body of Christ. In a unique way was can use the gifts of each member to enrich the worship of all. We can develop a vital and enriching interplay between grown-ups and children in the presence of God.