Children In Church
We welcome children in all of our worship services!
When a child is baptized as part of the church of Christ, the adults in the congregation promise to be active in nurturing that child’s faith. We need to work together to nurture our children in their faith and to be nurtured by them in return. Children give us the gift of trust and a fresh point of view; adults can share the gift of acceptance, experience and the wisdom of the church through the ages.
Here are some suggestions for worshipping with young children:
- Sit near the front so that your child can easily see and feel a part of what is going on.
- You may pick up a clipboard from a box in the back of the West wing. Each week there are quiet activities for your child to do.
- Use a gentle touch: an arm around your child’s shoulder; your hand in his/hers to give reassurance and appropriate attention.
- Explain quietly the parts of the service.
- Sing the worship songs, pray and voice the responses. Children learn good behavior in church by copying yours. Encourage your child to stand when everyone else does and to be friendly in greeting others when invited to do so. Introduce your child to the adults sitting nearby and introduce those adults to your child.
- Always remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, God and Christ. Let them know that they are at home here at Orchard Community Church. After all, Mark 10:13-16 says: People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.