Why we have children in worship
The church is a diverse community of people, which includes the youngest ones in our lives. When the church welcomes everyone, including children and youth, we are giving the opportunity for everyone to experience God’s love and grace.
This work is not easy and can be a little messy, but the experience for children in church is necessary. When an infant or child is baptized, the adults in the congregation promise to be active in nurturing that child’s faith.
In worship, we nurture one another’s faith by our communal prayers, singing praises, and being in relationship. Our children learn by watching not just their parents, but other adults too. As we worship, our children will hear our singing, our praying, and see an active community of faithful Christians.
At First Church, we strive to be a church that welcomes everyone, this includes our children. Yes, there might some cries or laughs, but we are called to nurture our children in the faith, and in doing so we just might be nurtured by them in return.
Jesus valued the faith of the little children and cherished what they had to offer. This is why we value having our children in worship and will continue to work at this “messy” endeavor.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” Matthew 19:14 NRSV