What About Children's Church

What About Children's Church?

One of the questions parents of young children often ask when they first visit our church is, “Do you have Children’s Church?”   I would like to take the opportunity to answer that important question.

 

The Bible is central to the ministry of Immanuel Bible Church.  To help you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, we provide three weekly services where the truth of Scripture is proclaimed, explained, and applied.  Our desire is to be used of the Lord to help train up the next generation to love the Lord, His Word, and His church.

 

A brief survey of the public worship of God’s people in Scripture reveals the importance of the family unit worshipping together.   After conquering the city of Ai, Joshua built an altar and sacrificed offerings to the Lord.  Immediately following this, Scripture says, “There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them (Joshua 8:35).   When Moab and Ammon came to fight against Jehoshaphat, 2 Chronicles 20 says he immediately turned his attention to seek the LORD (v.3).  All Judah was standing before the LORD, with their infants, their wives, and their children, when Jehoshaphat led the nation in one of the most moving prayers of dependence recorded in Scripture (v.13).   After Nehemiah led Israel to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, the nation held a worship service to praise the Lord, and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar (Neh 12:43).  

 

As in biblical times when households praised God and listened to His Word together, Christian homes today need to be strengthened through corporate worship.  For this reason, we encourage parents to keep their children with them during the Sunday services (our caring nursery is provided for infants through 3 years).  If you are used to a traditional “Children’s Church” program, this may seem awkward at first.  Please don't be discouraged, let us help you.  Most parents are surprised at how quickly their children learn to be attentive and reverent as they participate in the corporate worship of the church.  Since our present society often underestimates the learning abilities of young people, parents are also very surprised at how much their children "get out of the service" and they enjoy the blessing of worshipping together as a family.

 

Jesus said, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them;

for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Mark 10:14

 

Since children are an important part of the ministry of IBC and the greatest influence comes from parents, we focus much of our energy on helping train parents to train their own children effectively as God has instructed in His Word (Eph 6:4; Col 3:21).  The children's ministries of IBC are not intended to replace parental teaching, but are provided as a tool for parents in the discipleship of their children.

 

We desire to support the home, not supplant it.

 

 

© 1998 Paul Tautges. 



  

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