The website of Christians Engaged in Faith Formation recently featured a ministry developed by Kristen Surratt, Director of Discipleship Ministries, First United Methodist Church of Belmont, North Carolina.
Surratt explains: “One of the things I enjoy most on a Sunday morning is looking out into our sanctuary and noticing how the children are engaged in our worship service. It is important that the children in our church are present in the corporate life of worship. There are so many things to be gained simply by being present. In our church, we welcome the presence of Jesus’ youngest disciples. They are a sign that our faith is being learned by another generation. Their company in worship reminds us of Jesus words, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,’ (Matt. 14:19). Worship is the perfect place for children to come and experience the love of Jesus through song and Word. They really do hear more than we realize!”
Acknowledging that worship can be a stressful time for parents, she goes on to describe how the congregation has provided resources that keep the family in the sanctuary.
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