Children and Babies and Teens, OH MY!

Whole Congregation Worship


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Rabbi Menachem Creditor "A sanctuary is not a sanctuary from children. It is a sanctuary we've built for our children, and their children after them."

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

"A sanctuary is not a sanctuary from children. It is a sanctuary we've built for our children, and their children after them."

Rabbi Menachem Creditor "...if you feel the urge to react to the sound a child makes in a sanctuary, please know that you are welcome one to walk out until that feeling subsides. Children are cherished parts of our spiritual lives, not distractions from it."

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

"...if you feel the urge to react to the sound a child makes in a sanctuary, please know that you are welcome one to walk out until that feeling subsides. Children are cherished parts of our spiritual lives, not distractions from it."

Steve Burger "Who or what we choose to exclude from our worship gatherings says as much about our community of faith as who or what we choose to include."

Steve Burger

"Who or what we choose to exclude from our worship gatherings says as much about our community of faith as who or what we choose to include."

 
Kimberly Sweeney "Most of our children will learn to understand and use the language(s) they are exposed to before they ever attend school. In their first four years, the average child will learn up to 45,000 words. How many of these words are from the language of our faith?'

Kimberly Sweeney

"Most of our children will learn to understand and use the language(s) they are exposed to before they ever attend school. In their first four years, the average child will learn up to 45,000 words. How many of these words are from the language of our faith?'

Kimberly Sweeney "What would happen if as a congregation, we raised our infants and toddlers to be in worship with us every Sunday, where they were routinely exposed to that language?"

Kimberly Sweeney

"What would happen if as a congregation, we raised our infants and toddlers to be in worship with us every Sunday, where they were routinely exposed to that language?"

Kimberly Sweeney "What if as a congregation, we developed religious literacy right from the start so that our children never remembered a time when they were not influenced by or a part of our community of faith?"

Kimberly Sweeney

"What if as a congregation, we developed religious literacy right from the start so that our children never remembered a time when they were not influenced by or a part of our community of faith?"


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."