Children as Worshippers
We are ALL made to worship. The longing to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, the desire to make a difference in the world, and even our striving to be the best we can be, all hint at this reality. Our hearts are eager to love. But our loves quickly become entangling if we don’t settle the question of who we love first and most.
That we are made to be worshippers of God is central to understanding ourselves as human beings. If it is not God we’re worshipping, it will be something, or someone, else. But no other worship will lead to true freedom and abundant life.This truth is one children display at an early age, and is one they can likewise begin to grasp at an early age. But how?
How do we help children understand that they are made to worship God?
Is it better to do so in settings specifically geared to engage children at their own level?
Is it more effective to have them learning alongside their parents and other adults, watching and growing into greater understanding?
At Knox, we think the answer is “yes!” to both.
Children’s Worship Programs
So, we offer Children’s Worship programs for children (PreK – 3rd grade), where children can learn to worship God in their child-like ways. This is not encouraged as an alternative to participation in the corporate worship service but rather as an augmentation to worshipping with the rest of us – because we also believe it’s important for children to be worshipping alongside their parents. Children PreK-3rd grade attend the first part of the worship service with their families before being invited to attend this age-specific time of worship.
Children in Corporate Worship
We believe that:
- Children are an important part of our life together and they belong in corporate worship – this is their service as much as ours.
- Children are like the rest of us in having things to stretch and learn about attending to God in worship.
- Parents play a key role in children coming to understand how they best listen and respond to God.
Because of these convictions, we have regular times throughout the year when all children, PreK and older, remain with us for the entire service so whole families are worshipping together. This happens specifically in August and around the Christmas holidays.
Let’s enter into this wonderful and unpredictable task of growing children as worshippers together!