Kids or No Kids: Should kids be allowed in the adult church services? Believe it or not, there are some churches that do not allow kids of any age into their adult services. If brought in, the ushers kindly request the parents to take them to the children's ministry programming. There are other churches (and not just home churches) that do not have any CM programming at all.
For instance, check out this video. It is a little lengthy, but proves the controversy exists:
Especially in light of current Family Ministry trends, what are your thoughts on the matter? Let me get it going...
What message does this send to parents and kids about their place within the family of God. Churches who take this stance believe that the "important work" is happening in the adult worship center, and that kids are 2nd class. Moreover, the role of parents to spiritually train their children and therefore have the right to choose to take their kids with them or not, is trampled on worse thatn the United Nations wants to. Yes, it's a distraction....yes, it is not geared for them...but this clealy sends a message of despising children and families.
Of couse, that is probably why churches like this are growing! The modern-day church is rifed with this type of perception that children are simply a distraction to God's plan and purpose for the church ("Making Disciples"). WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Discipling our children IS God's plan and purpose for the church. What better way to grow the church to impact the community and world than to disciple and train children in our own homes and churches to be salt and light into the world? How do you think the Hebrew people were able to not only survive, but thrive while in slavary and exile??? Because they kept having children and training them to love God and keep His commandments (Deut. 6:4-9).
OK, enough of my thoughts. What about some of you? No Lurkers. Let me hear what you have to say regardles of what side of the issue you are on. You are safe here, no attacking comments will be allowed to remain.