Our staff visited a church that worships differently than we do. There were things we liked and things we disliked about the service. The most different thing we experienced was the lack of children in the service: there were none.
When the service was over we saw a few parents of tiny infants exiting the "cry room" located behind us. We all noticed the absence of children and, if I may speak for the rest of those in attendance, we missed the children. It reminded me of a scene in the 1968 movie, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," where the leading man (Dick Van Dyke) and the leading lady (Sally Ann Howe) realize that something is missing from the city they are visiting, but they all have a little trouble deciding what it is until they are told that the children are either locked up or in hiding.
We worship WITH children and even FOR children in some instances. Here are some phrases I hear concerning children in worship:
Have you ever heard a child sing the doxology or recite the Lord’s Prayer with all their heart? It brings tears to my eyes to know that church tradition is being passed on to yet another generation and so on and so on.
Just like my parents did, I ask my children at least one thing about the worship service or sermon each Sunday after church and quite often they surprise even me with how much they heard.
This can be true, but when you are distracted do you:
Our response to children in worship speaks volumes to them about the love of God and their church family.
This is a direct quote from me, the children’s director of course! Take a note from that great rabbi, Jesus, and just say, “Let the Children Come!”