Celebrating Children in Service:
Something you may find unique about FFC is the inclusion and encouragement of children in our worship service.
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN:
We give all families the option to have their children in corporate worship and encourage them to do so. Cooing or fussing babies don't bother us one bit. Moreover, we believe it is important for children to worship with their parents, and to be taught how to sit through the service.
(Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Ezra 10:1, Proverbs 22:6, Matthew 18:1-5)
Feel encouraged to sit toward the front where it is easier for the little ones to see and hear what is going on, and stay involved. (Matthew 19:13-15) Or sit wherever – it’s up to you and your wisdom. Quietly take the time to explain the parts of the service and the actions of the Pastors, and ushers. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you, so engage in the aspects of worship. We also understand that children are in a unique learning stage. You are welcome to take advantage of the mother/baby room upstairs in the sanctuary, or to remove them from the room to provide corrective instruction. If possible – dads should give mom a break and do this so mom can engage with the service. But please come back! (Ephesians 6:1-4)
Remember - the way 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 house or worship.
TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH:
The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing. Please welcome our children and give a smile of
encouragement to their parents. This is a good way to bear each others burdens and your support means everything.
Like anything with children - they need to learn how to sit in a worship service. For those of you who teach and/or homeschool - you know that it takes patience, grace and a plan is always helpful. Below are 9 tips that will help parents disciple young children and prepare them for corporate worship.