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In January children’s Sunday school will be studying worship.

Time to be brutally honest...

Sometimes, kids think church is “boring.” Let me be more honest… So do I. (It’s ok if you do too.)

So, why in the world do I make such a big deal about having kids in worship? Obviously they are bored. Maybe they don’t want to be there. Maybe we are scarring them for life. (But probably not)

  • Kids need to be in worship because they are members of the body of Christ.
  • Kids need to be in worship for the same reason we are in worship… God deserves to be worshiped.
  • Kids need to be in worship because they are part of the church… the church needs them and they need the church.

We don’t go to church for an adrenaline rush. We don’t go to church to be entertained. We don’t go to church for goosebumps and thrills and chills. Sure, I do my best to engage people of all ages. But even if we do it all perfectly, chances are, there are going to be days where church is boring. And that’s OK. Because there are days when school is boring, and home is boring, and life is boring. If we are never bored, if we are constantly entertained and distracted, how are we ever going to find time to “be still and know that He is God?”

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14

If you are concerned with bringing your child into worship they don’t just have to sit and suffer. Try this

  • Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what is going on. They tire of looking at the backs of others’ heads.
  • Quietly explain parts of the service and liturgy.
  • Whisper important points of the sermon to them in words they can understand.
  • Sing the hymns and say the responses because children learn the liturgy by watching you!
  • If your child needs to leave the service, feel free to do so but feel free to come back as well!
  • Let your kids doodle and color in church or play with a favorite toy. Often, they are more engaged than you realize.
  • Remember I will never be bothered by a child in worship… and most people in the church are just glad you are bringing your children up in the faith.

This article is adapted from an article by Christina Embree that originally appeared at




January 5/6- “The Best Year Ever”- What will this year hold? I don’t have a crystal ball. But God is calling us into 2019 with great promise and hope. What is that promise and let me share my hopes. Matthew 16:13–26

January 12/13- “Remember your baptism and be thankful” Baptism makes us who we are in Christ and as the church. Come celebrate, remember and renew your baptism as we receive new members into the congregation.                            Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

January 19/20- Saturday Night Randy Anderson will be speaking. Sunday Morning, We are excited to announce we will have "Faith Sound" with us to lead worship service on January 20th at 10:30 a.m. "Faith Sound" is an interdenominational contemporary musical group from Harlan, Iowa, now in its 43rd year. Members of the group are students (7th-12th grade) from Harlan and the surrounding communities and represent area churches.

January 26/27- Pastor on Vacation (?)