I like to take my children to the church service with me. I get the feeling from looking around that I am a minority. Most of the people around me would prefer I conformed. Our church has a wonderful children’s ministry with vibrant classrooms, talented musicians and teachers, carefully planned lessons and extensive safety precautions. You might say it is just about perfect. So what in the world compels me to bring my children into church?
Our family is not in a situation where we can take our children into the service with us right now, and frankly it breaks my heart.
Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship by Curt and Sandra Lovelace has the most excellent apologetic regarding family togetherness in worship I have ever seen. If you are on the fence, if you have never thought about it before, or if you are just wondering what the big deal is… this book will answer your questions. Not only do the authors carefully outline Scripture concerning the inclusion of children in public worship, they also provide much needed help in the form of practical tips, tricks, and case stories.
One thing I appreciated about Children in Church and the approach of authors Curt and Sandra Lovelace is that they did not promote a lack of discipline in the public worship service. Instead they provide an admonishment both to the parents and those without children. Parents should be actively engaged in the training of their children in an attitude of respect for worship and those without children should be actively supporting parents who have made this choice through positive attitudes and perhaps even assistance.
We attended a family-centric church for years and took our children into the service faithfully from birth while we attended that church. How I would have benefited from the practical parts of this book during those early years! Even now, I find myself thinking “Oh, I could use that idea.” or “Here is something I had not thought of doing!”. Children in Church gives me the confidence to try again just as soon as it is possible.
My Bottom Line: I wish everyone would read this book. I pray for a revival of interest in preserving the family and the role of the family in corporate worship. I pray for the day when my children will be in the worship service with me again. I highly recommend this book.
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