Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida and editor of the Founders Journal, recently posted some of his thoughts on children’s church and the importance of families worshipping together.
He was asking a question that I had heard multiple times during my years as a pastor: “Do you have children’s church?” This time, instead of giving an extensive explanation for our practice of not segregating our church worship gatherings by ages, I decided to give a briefand accurate yet intentionally provocative answer. Here’s how it went:
“Yes, we do. Every Sunday.”
“Great. Can you describe how it is structured?”
“Sure. We have singing, prayer, Scripture reading, giving, and teaching. We also observe the Lord’s Supper monthly, and periodically we observe baptism.”
“That sounds interesting. Are adults allowed to attend?”
“Absolutely! In fact, we encourage adults to attend these worship services with their children.”
My conscience wouldn’t let me leave this young father with a false impression, so I went on to explain that while we do have worship for children, we do not have a separate worship service exclusively for them. Rather, our worship, like our church, is designed for all ages.
Granted, a church that is committed to ministering to people of all ages faces a daunting challenge. In our day of specialization, it is much easier to “target” ministry to those who share a stage of life than to minister to people whose ages are spread over several decades.
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