Children's role in the Church

  • What is the participation of children and young adults in our meeting?
  • What are the parents expectations for them?

I think, not what it could be. According to the Bible, children should praise the Lord in the assembly:

Matthew 21:15 & 16
And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

And young men should share out of the Word:

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  • Are we we meeting the needs of children during the meetings?

I do not think that children's spiritual needs are fundamentally different from those of adults. However, I think it would help if children participated more. And we could have more preaching and teaching specifically geared toward children.

  • Do young adults see value in staying?

Obviously, many don't. I'm glad that participation and staying came up as the same topic, because I think that if young people saw more opportunity and value in participation, they would see more value in staying. Our meetings present a unique opportunity for young people to participate in spiritual things.

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