At Bloomingdale Church, there is a safe & welcoming nursery for children 0 through 3 years old. There is Children’s Church for children 4 years old through 4th grade. The nursery is available during and for the entirety of all worship hours and Adult Ed. Children 4 through 4th grade are invited at the halfway point of the worship service to Children’s Church where they continue in worship.
This is the second in a series of posts with tips for those with young children in church. To view previous posts, go to: bloomingdalechurch.org/youngfamilies
Imagine you are taken to see a film at a movie theatre. But, you don’t know that you are there to see a movie. Imagine also that everyone else in the movie theatre is a foot taller than you. The people sitting in front of you are so tall that they block your view. So, even if you knew that you were at the theatre to see a movie, you wouldn’t be able to see it. Imagine, also, that one of the giants in front of you is napping and the woman next to him is looking at her smartphone. Imagine that you aren’t used to being around giants very often and when you are, you’re a bit out of sorts. Imagine that your clothes are uncomfortable and you were rushed out the door, so you’re a bit hungry, and a little frustrated. One more thing: imagine that when the movie (which you cannot see) begins to play, it’s a foreign movie with subtitles.
This, I imagine, is how the average child feels on church day.
This is part of the reason Bloomingdale Church has safe & welcoming programs for children during the worship service times. But, we also believe that it’s important for children to be a part of the worship service. At Bloomingdale Church, children who are four years old through fourth grade are invited to Children’s Church at the half-way point of the service. Before they’re invited downstairs, though, we hope that they are empowered to worship along with their families.
At Bloomingdale Church, we strive to be a safe & welcoming place for families.
The second tip for those coming to church with young children is this: sit up front!
We’ve found that children enjoy being close to the action, so we invite you to sit right up front where they can see and hear the musicians, watch closely, and wonder about worship.
Think about it — how engaged can children be if they can’t see/hear/smell/feel what’s happening? Jesus didn’t bless kids from afar; no, he took them into his arms and touched their heads and blessed them.
So, come and sit up front!
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.