The ABCs for Parents of Children

A

Arrive in time to find a good place to sit.  Sitting near the front gives the child the best opportunity to see what is taking place during worship.  Use the time before the service to look through the bulletin, mark the responses, and find the hymns in the hymnal.

B

Build a sense of inclusion for the child throughout the worship service.  Be certain the child has a bulletin, signs the attendance register, participates in the offering, holds a hymnal, stands when the bulletin indicates, etc.

C

Clue the children as to what will happen next.  Give guidance during the service.

D

Discuss worship at home to answer any questions about the worship experience.  Be sensitive to new experiences in worship such as Baptism or the Lords Supper.

E

Express your gladness at having children in worship.  Let them ask you questions and have your attention.  Include children in conversations before and after worship.
Bringing children to worship is not always easy, but it is an essential part of their growth in Christ.  A sensitivity to childrens’ abilities and needs can enhance worship for everyone.