Some say that kids that age are better off in a children's program...not listening to the sermon and not having to be bored. Well I can tell you...when the pastor got to the stoning part...I saw my son perk up and listen. A typical boy is always going to be interested in the gore and details of violence. He was sitting a little closer on the edge of his seat and leaning in. Bingo. He's listening and tuned in. I was thinking...I can't wait to ask him what the sermon was about...I know he's going to talk about the stoning. My teen considered "the whole martyr thing...jacked up." Good. He was listening too.
Deuteronomy says in Chapter 6 that we're to "teach them diligently to you your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." How can we do this if they're off coloring a bible page or paying the New Testament game? I think there comes a point when it's o.k. for our children to be in church without understanding everything that goes on.
That's my debate within myself. Since I help out in Children's church...is it a good idea for 5, 6 and 7 year old children to stay in the service for the preaching part? Will they be traumatized and scared after the sermon? Some might...but I don't think it will affect them long term. If anything...when they hear the bible account again...they will have insight they can contribute.
What is the best time for children to start going into church for the entire sermon? When I was growing up they didn't have nursery. My church was 400 people...but we kept everyone in church. Do they really need to be in nursery for part of the sermon? Do we really need nursery at all?
Just questions running around in my head. Aren't we blessed that we live in a country that allows us to freely talk about the bible? We aren't going to be silenced like Stephen for preaching the gospel. Well not yet anyway.