I was thinking today during church how much I enjoy being in worship with my family. In the past, we have used the nursery until they are around 2 adn then started the training process for them to be in church wiht us. So far Creed has been with us each week and our hope is that he continues with us in church rather than the nursery. Talking with a friend tonight I was thinking through why I enjoy having our kids in wtih us during worship. Here are some of the reasons:
I love that they see that worship is active. They can follow along the liturgy learning the order of worship along with the improtance of each part, sing the doxology and other hymns and choruses as they learn them, and say the Lord’s prayer among other things.
They learn that they are an Anderson and Andersons worship God. They identify themselves with this and learn from an early age that corporate worship is vital to the christian life and binds us together as a family and our family to other believers.
Along the same lines, they learn they have a place in the church and gain ownership in the church as active, participating members of worship.
Yes, sometimes the training process can be difficult and sometimes it can be distracting, but we are giving them a gift; the gift of worshiping the Savior with us, with the church. We are setting a foundation that prayerfully, will be strong and sure. That makes it all worthwhile.