Children Really Need to be in Church!

I’ve posted before about the importance of bringing children to church, from pretty much the moment of their birth on. I was reminded of why this is so important this morning. Even I can be surprised once in a while!

Chickadee was being her normal toddler self in church this morning, while our pastor was preaching on the Gospel text of John 4 about Jesus and the Samaritan woman. She was coloring on the bulletin, climbing on the pew (and falling off of it), and turning pages in the hymnal. Basically, doing anything other than paying attention to the sermon.

Or so I thought.

Suddenly, she looked up and (embarrassingly) shouted, “Drink water!”

She was listening.

She heard our pastor preaching about the Living Water that only Jesus gives, heard him and repeated it. Now, I’m not saying she understood what he was saying. (Because I can’t fully understand how the Holy Spirit works, however, I’m also not willing to say she didn’t understand on some level.) But she was listening, in her own toddler way.

That’s why we bring children, even very young children, as young as possible, to church, instead of leaving them at home or in the nursery, or giving up on church ourselves until they’re older. Because they are hearing, even when it looks like they’re not, and we know, because the Bible tells us, that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

That’s why we’re there every Sunday, even when it’s hard and our children do embarrassing things and it seems like they’re never going to get anything out of the service. Because they are getting the very most important thing out of the service. They are hearing, and their faith is growing.

That’s why our children need to be in church!

4 thoughts on “Children Really Need to be in Church!

  1. My 2 year old today sang along with the liturgy today. She might not grasp the content, but I do know that she’s learning something that she’ll recall her whole life. šŸ™‚

  2. During the sermon today, my child ran up the middle aisle and began tickling me. Did I mention I was the one preaching? It happens. But like u said, he was in the service and all afternoon he talked about Jesus giing to the cross for us.

  3. Nikki says:

    My 5 year old routinely answers rhetorical questions posed in sermons… it can be embarrassing but at least he IS listening!!

  4. amanda says:

    I love hearing stories about children in church! It makes my heart glad to know that faithful parents are bringing their children to worship with them!

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