Children and Babies and Teens, OH MY!
Whole Congregation Worship
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Noteworthy Articles of Interest:
Making Worship Part of Kids’ Lives. "The Rec. Krista Taves believes children belong in worship. With adults. For more than 15 minutes."
Children in the Sanctuary "I share these words in response to something disturbing that has taken place in my synagogue’s sanctuary twice over the last month. In both cases, a child in the sanctuary made child-like sounds, and in both cases, someone asked the child’s parents to take the child out of the sanctuary."
Dear Parents With Young Children in Church "You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired."
Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church "About 40 years ago a profound shift took place in many Christian congregations across the country…for all the right reasons…with one troubling unintended consequence..."
12 Reason to Welcome Kids in Church + Tips for Actually Doing it "Here are twelve reasons churches everywhere should have a conversation about going all-age...including tips for runnings all-age services(either occasionally, or every week), and ideas for how parents and carers can help their kids to switch on to the things in the service that are already kid-friendly."
Take Action: Include Children in Your Worship Service "Including children as a significant component of worship is one of the hallmarks of a vital congregation, according to the U.S. Congregational Life Survey."
Worship includes all ages and stages in a San Mateo church "When Pappas came to the church in 2008, it was a graying congregation, with membership heavily weighted toward people in their 70s and older.The focus on intergenerational worship wasn’t so much a choice as a necessity, Pappas said."
Church “Pray-grounds:” Eight Stories and Inspiring Examples "Though different churches have put it in to practice in different ways, a prayground is a place in the front of the sanctuary where young children can experience worship through age-appropriate worship materials and tools that will help keep them engaged in worship."
5 Tips for Worshipping With a Special Needs Child "As the mother of a special needs child, I can honestly say that some things which seem quite ordinary and routine to others can be huge obstacles for us! Taking the whole family to the same church service can be one of those huge obstacles."
7 Sunday Worship Tips for Kids With Special Needs "Learning to navigate worship with a special needs child is a challenge, but it’s not impossible."
The Church Sticking Together - The Vital Role of Intergenerational Relationships in Fostering Sticky Faith "Involvement in all-church worship during high school is more consistently linked with mature faith in both high school and college than any other form of church participation."
WEB: Sophia Fahs Sunday 2016 Worship Course: A series of videos to share best practices for building multigenerational community through worship.
WEB: Practical Resources for Churches: offers free webinars on worship, children's ministry and more!
Free download: 10 Discussion and Reflection Questions for Parents
Free download: Resource List, Including Children in Worship