Children in Worship

  Children in Worship  

All Are Welcome—Especially Kids!
 
To Adults With Young Children:
Welcome to Hope Lutheran Church!  In order for you and your children to have the best possible worship experience, may we suggest:
  * Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel that you need to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome here!
  * We suggest that you sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on during the service.
  * Help them understand what is happening; quietly explain the parts of the service and the actions of the ministers and other participants like the choir or musicians. Sing the hymns, pray and read aloud the responses. Your children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
  * Participate in the children’s sermon; feel free to accompany them to the front.
  * If you have to leave worship with your child, feel free to do so (the service can be heard through speakers in the narthex), but please come back.
  * Remember, the way that we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home  in this worship space.
  * There are age-appropriate Children's Bulletins that feature the Bible reading of the day, and activity bags with crayons and other diversions for their use, please ask an usher to provide one for you. 
  * Most of all, remember, we welcome you as fellow members of the Body of Christ!
 
To the Congregation:
The presence of children is a gift to the Church; they are the future of God’s Church on Earth!
Remember: Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16
 
 

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