Sometimes it is surprising to visitors, especially those who are on pilgrimage from broadly evangelical churches, when they find out that we include our children in the worship service and encourage full participation. More and more the church is becoming segregated, no longer by race but now by age. Adults go here, middle schoolers here, high schoolers there and children’s church over there. To operate like this is extremely troubling not only because it separates families from one another, but also because it removes those high school and under from the means of grace. Since we believe that God extends his grace to us through his appointed means (prayer, preaching and the sacraments) and through his appointed minister, it follows then that the corporate worship service offers the church something far greater than children’s church can.
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