We value our children, not as the church of tomorrow,
but as part of the church of today.
They are the leaders of tomorrow.
All children remain with their parents in all services. We don't shove them off "out of the way."
Some are concerned about how to care for small children during service.
- We don't object to nursing mothers caring for their babies in their seats, or you may move to the chairs in the dining area if it makes you more comfortable.
- Bring drinks in leak-proof cups and small snacks (i.e. cheerios) to keep toddler's hands and mouths busy.
- Bring quiet toys for the child to play with. Note: It is our experience that cars are "noisy" toys no matter what they are made of :-D They all go "Vroom, vroom."
- A child's "Blankie" may help them feel more secure, maybe even sleep.
- Don't worry too much about the noise. We have all had small children and babies. We have all been just where you are. We consider a baby's cries to be prayers to God and his happy noises to be praise. Just do the best you can and enjoy the service.
- Give them paper and pens to take notes with. Show them how. (Just keep them from drawing on the hymnals and Bibles, please).
- Ask questions about the sermon after service.
- Have daily devotionals as a family. Not only does this give a time to practice "Church Manners," but it is the ideal time for the parent to do the job God has called them to do; teach their children about Him (Deuteronomy 6:7, Ephesians 6:4).
- Be a good example. Don't talk, fidget, get up during the service yourself. Sing with the songs. Pray with the prayers. Pay attention to the sermon.