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Another Friday Favorite: A Plug for Children in Worship

by Kelly Crawford

Do you think Hannah has spent some time in corporate worship with the grown ups?  Too cute.

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MamaHen August 27, 2010 - 8:10 am

Oh my goodness, how precious, sweet, and funny :). I think I will link to this today also, if you don’t mind? I need her at my house to get me up and going in the morning!

Ginger August 27, 2010 - 11:43 am

I have been lap training my 7 mo. old during our family bible study. Since I’m the one reading the Bible, I have my oldest hold the baby in her lap. I said: you can turn her around or stand her in your lap, but you can’t stand up with her. The point being, that family worship time is much shorter than church worship, so she ought to be able to sit at least that long. We read a Psalm and Proverb of the day, and the section that the pastor has been preaching on, review our memory verse, and pray together.
Last Sunday, baby Julia was able to sit in my lap quietly for almost an hour! The training paid off. I was so impressed with her!

Charity August 27, 2010 - 11:43 am

Wow! That is powerful!! I was in tears at the excitement and sencerity in her voice.

Sylvia August 27, 2010 - 12:37 pm

I love the idea of children in worship. In the church I grew up we had children stay until the sermon and offeratory and then go for Sunday School. The age was 5 upwards. The adults and teens who taught Sunday school took turns staying for communion.
Do not know if this is an appropriate topic to say this, but, on the topic of communion, it was strange to see the sacrament being passed around instead of having an ordained priest give it in the altar as I am used to and I had to work through my discomfort level. But I once did not participate in it when I saw teens handing out bread to people who were lined up because in my culture only priests who are ordained hand out communion. While I am very much in favor of children in church and worship, Sunday School, worship music, Youth groups, charity etc I personally would draw the line at handing out communion.

Barbara August 27, 2010 - 6:50 pm

…out of the mouths of babes…

Kim M August 27, 2010 - 10:31 pm

I love this! The dad cracked me up; seems like he’s been through this before 🙂

sheena August 28, 2010 - 9:40 am

I simply must share this, too. 😉

Jen C August 28, 2010 - 10:10 pm

So cute!! I think Daddy was a bit tired 😀

Dellaina August 30, 2010 - 9:49 pm

Oh my heavens that’s the neatest thing I’ve seen in a LONG time! Would it be alright if I posted it as well?

I have a question. My husband and I have only just heard about family in worship service. Our church really pushes the age-segregated classes, I think because family in worship isn’t on their radar, like it wasn’t on mine and my husband’s.

What advice would you give to parents who are coming to this idea late? Specifically, our children are 5 and 6. How do we train them now? Do we allow them to keep occupied with quiet activities? Or does that defeat the purpose?

Anything you have to say will be greatly appreciated.

Word Warrior August 31, 2010 - 8:24 am


Since your children are older, it should be fairly easy to explain a “new way” of sitting quietly in church. One biggie that we do is get into the habit of having a quiet worship time where little ones are encouraged to sit still and quiet.

I personally don’t have a problem with allowing them to draw during the service. If it’s a matter of defiance, some discipline may be in order. But mostly I would think it’s just a matter of getting used to the new arrangement.

Here’s a GREAT article about the importance of unity in worship:


Dellaina August 31, 2010 - 10:18 pm

Thank you for that link, I’ll bookmark it so I can find it later for my husband. And thank you, also, for your good advice. 🙂


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