Here are five good reasons to take our kids to church:
- Doughnuts! If we arrive early we can get our child’s favorite sprinkled-pastry before anyone else.
- Games! Our child can learn the latest IPhone or IPad games. Many kids are bringing their gaming devices to church. This gives our child valuable ‘testing-time’ before making a purchase on our account.
- Candy! A good teacher knows the key to classroom control is a big bag of candy. If our child is strategically disruptive he can expect to get a few pieces of sweet discipline to keep quiet with.
- That new Bible! If we recently purchased a brand new bible for our child, church is a good reason to get it out of the box. Let them show off the shiny gold-leaf edges to their classmates.
- Break time! Everyone needs a break right? Those kids will drive us crazy if they have to sit home and fight over the television and gaming equipment. It’s good to take them to church where they can do that without bothering us or the neighbors.
Sorry about the thick sarcasm.
I wasn’t really serious about those but..every week those reasons are used to get many kids out of homes in America and into churches on Sunday mornings.
Why should parents take their kids to church?
Here are four good reasons:
- God: To know God and grow in their understanding of who He is. Parents should be the primary teachers of biblical truth at home but it’s good to have our children impacted by some of the wonderful children’s ministry volunteers in churches today.
- Friends: To make new friends or strengthen old ones. We call it ‘fellowship’ in big church. It is very important for kids to have friends who are Christian. This doesn’t mean church kids are better. Kids are kids whether they go to church or not. Learning morals and manners and applying them in fellowship with other Christian kids is an essential component for children as their faith grows.
- Good teaching: To learn through systematic teaching. Parents will teach many lessons at home, but at church the kids are more often taught how it all fits together.
- Faith: To practice their faith and learn in a safe environment how they can apply the bible truths they are learning at home and church.
A lot of things are changing in our American culture today. Let’s not be so quick to give in to the slow trend of avoiding church.
Going to church is good for the whole family. If the schedule is getting too busy for regular church attendance maybe some adjustments should be made.
It’s more common today to neglect our church gathering and replace it with soccer, baseball, television or extra sleep. Don’t neglect church.
Here are some encouraging words to speak to our kids as we get ready for church:
“Jesus went to church and liked it so much he stayed for three days after his family went home.”
“This is the only time of the week you can see your church friends.”
“It’s just a few hours and it honors God and it’s something our family does together.”
Avoid saying these kinds of things:
“God isn’t happy with little boys and girls who don’t go to church.”
“I’ll get you a doughnut if you go to church.”
“It makes Jesus very sad that you don’t want to go to church.”
These types of phrases by well-meaning parents do more harm than good . We shouldn’t bribe, scold, or guilt-trip our children into going to church.
Thank you for our church home. I pray you will help us to be more regular in our attendance. We thank you for the wonderful things we learn there, the kind people and the reminders of our faith. Please help me to lovingly remind each family member of the importance of coming together to the church to worship you and remember your many gifts.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV
What ideas can you share to encourage church attendance? How do you deal with activities that conflict with church?