5 Reasons Children Should Be in the Main Service for Worship

I am an advocator of children’s church. I always have been. It is important to have children’s services that appeal to their age group for a variety of reasons. That being said, there is a movement in many churches today to always have children separated from adults for worship. Although children should have a children’s church where they can learn and worship God, they also need to regularly be in the main service to worship with the rest of the church body.

Here are five reasons I believe children should be in the main service for worship:

1.  Children should not be removed from the main body for convenience sake.
This is one reason churches remove children. They want a professional church service where adults can enjoy the worship without being disrupted by noisy children. This sounds good, but the Book of Acts never talks about having a professional service nor does the Bible talk about meeting our own selfish needs during church, but it does talk about children not being pushed aside.

Matthew 19:14—Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

2.  Children are a part of the Body of Christ.
There is nowhere in the Bible where it says children are a separate body. They are an important part of the church and shouldn’t always be excluded when the church meets.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, all of Israel would come before the Lord to hear the reading of the Law so that the children would hear it and learn to fear the Lord. In Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, he gave instructions directly to the children to obey their parents. He considered them a part of the church that he was writing to.

3.  Children need godly examples of how to worship.
If children never see adults in the main service worshipping, they won’t know how to worship or what is expected of them.

4.  Children need to feel like they are a part of the church community.
If children are always separated from the body of Christ, they will never feel like they are a part of the church community. And the members of the church will never get to know the children and be an example to them unless they work in children’s ministry.

5.  Children who don’t feel like a part of the church community will leave church when they’re older.
Imagine the culture shock of a child who has been in church all of his life but has never been in the main service. He has played games every Sunday, sang active songs, and had every message or Bible story illustrated with a skit, object lesson or interactive device.

Suddenly the child turns 10 or 12, or in some cases, 18 years old. He has graduated to big church. The music is strange. There are no games, skits or illustrations, only some guy he’s never met preaching for a half hour or longer. He doesn’t know any of the people. And there’s no candy.

Get the picture? That’s what happens to a child who is never in the main service. Within a few months, maybe even a few weeks, he decides he doesn’t want to be there. If his parents make him stay, he’ll leave as soon as he turns 18. If not, he’ll leave sooner.

He’ll look for a church that entertains him and isn’t boring. If he doesn’t find one, he’ll drop out of church. This may be why so many young people are no longer attending church. They never were a part of the church.

Why I trust the Bible: A young Christian shares why she has 100% confidence in God’s Word.

The Bible is really not your average book. For a start it is more like a library with a range of genres. There are narratives, poems, letters, songs and much more. It has also been written over thousands of years by around 40 different authors! I think it’s safe to say that the Bible is truly something special.

The Word of God

Christians believe the Bible is the word of God. You have probably heard this before but what does this really mean? Does this mean that God himself has taken pen to paper and written the Bible as the ultimate guide to life and salvation? This would be amazing but it’s not quite like that. The Bible has actually been written by people but inspired by God. The Bible itself claims that all that is written within it has come from God.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

This verse is talking about all Scripture, meaning the Old Testament and the New Testament books of the Bible. So according to the Bible we should believe that everything in it has come from God. As Christians, the Bible is a key part of our faith. What is written in the Bible is important to us and it is where our main beliefs have come from. So, do Christians believe that the Bible is 100% accurate?

What does accurate mean?

I think to really get to the bottom of how accurate the Bible is we first have to know what we mean when we use the word accurate.

According to the dictionary, the word accurate can mean a few things:

  • Faithfully representing or describing the truth
  • Showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standard: an accurate ruler
  • Without error; precise; meticulous

So in summary, accuracy is about always being as truthful as possible without mistakes.

Is this something that can be said of the Bible?

Is the Bible true?

I don’t think the Bible tells us every fact about every subject in life but I do believe that everything it does talk about is true. This has to take into account the context, like when something was written and whom it was written to.

The Bible is also one of the most historically accurate books of all time. This is not just an opinion held by Christians but also opinion by leading academics. Time and time again Biblical accounts have been closely studied in its original historical context and have been proven to be true. This gives me great confidence in the Bible.

Does the Bible have mistakes?

If you believe that the Bible is the word of God then it wouldn’t make sense to also believe that the Bible has mistakes. The Bible is inspired by God and therefore I trust it to be true.

I know all too well that the Bible is not always easy to understand but this does not mean it is full of mistakes, therefore making it untrue. The main point and purpose of the Bible is to reveal God’s salvation plan, which is fulfilled in Jesus. Sometimes things in the Bible don’t make sense right away but this should not stop us from believing. Instead we should investigate further and look for the truth in what is being said.

YOUTH GROUP WINTER EVENT – JANUARY 31

Sunday, January 31st at 5:00 pm Impact Rock Church will host the youth from local churches, including Redemption City  Church in Westminster, and Radiance Church in Commerce City, as they come together to worship and to celebrate their passion for Jesus.  Jody Romero (founder of the RISEUp! Youth Conference and Lead Pastor of Restoration L.A. in Los Angeles, CA) will be the speaker at this event which IRC will host at our new building (710 Austin Ave. Suite 200 in Erie).

All teens grades 6th through 12th are welcome.

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Beyond the Selfie: 5 Things to Learn from Teens

Hello Ripple Effect Youth Group – Pastor Mark here…  I just read this article and wanted to know if you agree with this and consider these five points to be true to you.  Please leave a comment or let me know.

Recently, I sat in a comfortable, overstufteensfed chair with my favorite Starbucks in hand with a brainstorm group. We worked on an exercise to come up with some adjectives that best describe teens in 2015. As a group, words like “shallow,” “self-absorbed,” and “disengaged” popped up.

I get it. Many said the same thing about my generation and me. Let’s be honest.  All one has to do is scroll through an Instagram feed and see that this generation has not only invented the “Selfie” but has also perfected the art of it.  The term “Selfie” alone could support the general perceptions and lead one to surmise what this generation is all about.

Eschenbach said, “In youth we learn; in age we understand.” I’ve worked with teens for over a decade. Society often times write off teens as the “Selfie” generation. However, I’ve learned that there’s more under the surface than meets the eye. There are some key things to learn from teens that could inspire the world to #LiveSecond.

5 Things To Learn From Teens

1. It’s O.K. To Not Be O.K.

This generation, more than previous ones in recent history, celebrates and encourages peers to admit, “I’m not O.K.” Many feel this pressure to present ourselves in a way that says, “I am O.K.” Truth is everyone has “issues.” Teens embrace this reality.

2. Justice Matters

Kurt Cobain once said, “The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.” Teens have a high sensitivity to injustice.  Whether it be bullying, racism, sexism, poverty or sex trafficking, this generation doesn’t shake its head at these challenges. Instead they leverage their voice, creativity, and efforts to address injustices in their world.

3. Value Community

Teens value knowing others and being known. Relationships matter. Teens see community as a necessity and cultivate it with intentionality, both in person and online.

4. Celebrate Uniqueness

Our society creates labels and categories for almost anything.  This generation has a strong distaste for labels and celebrates the uniqueness of an individual.  Their approach teaches others that our job isn’t to dismiss or judge those around us, but to love others for who they are.

5. Globally Minded

The definition of a movement is “a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas.”  Movements are catalysts for change. While teens celebrate individuality, they have the desire to be a part of something bigger.

A look beyond the “selfies,” reveals characteristics and values in teens that inspire others to #Live Second.

By David Martin

David Martin serves as the Director of I am Second Students. To learn more about this national student movement, click here.