[A]nd on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar. (Nehemiah 12:43)
Read below for additional details about children in intergenerational worship at 10:30 a.m. worship the first Sunday of each month, beginning October 6, 2019:
- Our goal is to build upon JAM and further engage and instill in our young persons an awe of God that exhibits itself in a love of Christ-centered worship naturally springing forth out of our Father’s love and anchoring them into a Spirit-led life of discipleship, mission, and corporate worship for the rest of their lives. In the 21st Century, the numbers are staggering: young persons who grew up in church tend to be leaving the Church in droves, especially during and after the college years.
- Such worship will be a kind of first-fruits gift at the start of each month, underlining the priority of intergenerational worship in families.
- It will be yet another great opportunity to teach our young people about Communion and other key worship experiences, building on JAM and other lessons they have already learned.
- Caught, not taught: Young people learn to worship, pray, and respond to what God is doing by watching and participating with other believers who experience these things; this is one important aspect of discipleship. Before too long, we hope they will even participate in leading or supporting the service, as well.
- A fresh, child-like faith may serve as an encouragement for others of us, as well, as we worship alongside the children and see them respond to God in child-like ways that perhaps we have all but forgotten ourselves.
- Children will bring energy and fresh eyes and ears to the things the Spirit of God is doing; adults can bring an example of grace, reverence, order, and deep roots in the Word of God.
- We hope that our stalwart, generous volunteers who help with the first Sunday of each month will continue to pour into our children and students by helping us to more robustly “fill in the gaps” by committing to a need another Sunday of the month.
- Sunday school will continue to take place during the 9:00 a.m. hour every Sunday morning.
- Some families prefer their children and students to worship in the 9:00 a.m. We whole-heartedly support that preference for those families! Our 10:30 a.m. worship with children simply serves as a starting point for welcoming children into worship with adults. Please feel free to take your children with you to the 9:00 a.m. service. During the 10:30 a.m. hour, they may then join you in your Life Group, join the young people in the 10:30 a.m. service, or serve as a youth helper (if appropriate) to meet a need in the church.
- We will encourage children and students to worship with their families at 10:30 a.m., and we will establish a block of reserved seats for young people during the 10:30 a.m. service. We will need adults who are willing to sit interspersed among these young persons, who can then participate in worship service even if their parents are in a Life Group or otherwise unavailable for the 10:30 a.m. service. Parents may also allow their children to sit with the rest of the children or youth even if the parents themselves are worshiping in the same service.
- The first Sunday in September is a one-service Sunday, and children older than toddlers will already be in service that day. We will then begin the first Sunday in October with welcoming our children into intergenerational worship. The remainder of each month, the children will continue to worship in JAM, which is a worship service designed specifically with children in mind (using adult help to facilitate it).
Please contact Pastor Jeremy with questions or ideas. There may be a few hiccups, and this may take a little extra grace, but we will have the privilege of celebrating the return on our investment for generations to come as these young persons further learn and implement the significance of worshiping together as the Church of Jesus Christ! Thank you, in advance, for being the proverbial “village” who raises our children in the Way of the Lord.