Reasons to Keep Your Children With You In Church

Introduction:Most churches offer a nursery where parents can leave their children, enabling them to attend the worship service without fear of their child being an interruption. The nursery service allows them to concentrate on the sermon, responsibility free. The following are some reasons to consider why you might NOT wish to take advantage of the church nursery, but instead, keep your children with you in church.

  • 01

    Makes Worship a Family Activity

    When you keep your children with you in church, worship is experienced as a family event. Your children will not remember a time when they did not worship as a family unit. I believe it pleases the Lord when families worship Him together.

  • 02

    The Sermon Becomes a Topic For Later Discussion

    It can be surprising what even very young children are able to take away from a sermon, and when parents and children attend the same service, the parents are able to answer questions the children might later ask, and there are opportunities for teaching and discussion that would otherwise have been missed.

  • 03

    Children Learn Appropriate Behavior from a Young Age

    Often parents don't realize that it IS possible for their children to learn how to sit still, be quiet and listen, even when quite young. Keeping your children with you in the worship service affords you the opportunity to help them develop this self discipline, which will stand them in good stead in many other ways and circumstances later in life.

  • 04

    Fewer Germs Spread

    Even when good sanitation practices are followed, places where numbers of children congregate are generally rife with germs. Keeping your children with you in church limits their exposure to other children's germs, and surely prevents them from catching any number of illnesses.

  • 05

    Effort Well Spent

    Even young children are able to sense the presence of God and understand reverence. While they might not be perfectly behaved all of the time, the effort taken to train them to show respect in the presence of God is effort that is pleasing to the Lord and that will bear fruit in the lives of your children, forever.




Final Thoughts

I saw a billboard once that says encapsulates this list rather well: "The family that prays together, stays together!" 'Nuff said!




Comments

  • KristinaNelson 3/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    All excellent reasons. hf

  • clewand550 3/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    All excellent reasons to keep your children with you in church. It is so important for kids of all ages to listen to God's word too. Both of my kids always stayed with us during every church service and no my granddaughter does when we have her. They learn very quickly how to behave and listen if you give them the chance. Well written list.

  • Apalmer001 3/22/2011 Flag This Comment

    I agree, I always took my little ones with me to church and they stayed with me. Why let someone in the nursery miss a blessing/message? H5!

  • Nyla 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    This is a great list! Thanks so much for the input.

  • penelope7 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    We had a home right next to a church. The way the pre-teens would sneak out of the church and try to make out in our basement area was appalling. We had to go to the Minister. These people were NOT looking out for the children. My son didn't leave our sight unless he had duties. H5

  • jseven 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    Good points if you don't have a crying, hyper child. :) But, in this day and age, you are better off staying with them in the nursery if you don't know the attendants.

  • goodselfme 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I fully agree with all the smart reasons why children should remain in church with their parents. Mine did from infantsy and they did learn a lot.

  • workhomeunion 3/20/2011 Flag This Comment

    I agree .. plus I always had a problem with trusting "Sunday School Teachers" .. esp. with what goes on in churches across America ..

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