9/2/2018 12:29:38 PM
What to do with Children in Worship?
Side by side the children sat. Old kids. Young kids. Big kids. Small kids. They sattogether with zero problems. No pinching. or poking. No goofing or giggling. No whinning or weeping. Not even any parental prodding. They just sat there - looking around from time to time, but otherwise completely focused on the message and music.
"How can this be?" you wonder. Surely this is a myth or a fairy tale!
This is no fantasy. This was reality. It was witnessed by one of our pastors who was on a mission trip to Zambia in Africa.
The deafening silence from the Zambian children in those oxymoronic momnets of worship preached a message of magnitude. Children of all ages can sit quietly in worship and can fully participate - even without threats of time-outs or promises of stickers and screen time!
The Zambian family culture is strakly different from our American family culture. From the earliest moments children are expected to fo with the flow, to be obedient, to be quiet adn respectful when require. Children are allowed to play near streets and by themselves. Yet they are expected to make good choices, to be safe, and to participate in the chore that suport ans sustain life.
What is different about our American family culture? In the US children are the epicenter of life. They painted rooms and hundreds of dollars of toys and accessories waiting for them before they are even born. Parents flinch at their child's every movement from birth on and hopeful to record every moment on their phines and boast about it on Facebook. Children learn quickly that it doesn't take much to make mom or dad jump. Appropriate tears or tantrums make parents cave-in to buy the toy or candy, to drop important work midstream, and yes, even to take them out of church to the "cry room" which is really the "fun room."
So, what are we to do with children in worship? I guess you will have to return to this website next week for some answers.