We want your kids to be active in church their whole lives, not just while they're young.
A startling study by Steve Parr and Tom Crites revealed that children who attend church regularly, but are separated from their parents during worship, are 40% more likely to stop attending church as young adults than children who worship with their parents (Why They Stay, pp. 88). A separate study by the Fuller Youth Institute showed identical results.
Could this be a reason why the Bible never separates kids out from adults in worship? The authors of Scripture just take it for granted that children are present during corporate worship (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20; Deut. 31:11-13; Josh. 8:35; Neh. 8:1-2).
Although we don't solely draw our doctrine from the descriptive practices in the Bible, we think it's beautiful to see children with their parents at the teaching of God’s Word throughout Scripture. We think it's also significant that this has been the practice for most of church history.
For these reasons, Gospel Life practices intergenerational worship during Sunday services.
What Does That Look Like?
On Sundays, there are rooms for ages 0-2 and 3-5. Ages 6 and up will join their parents in worship and are given a worship packet that includes a snack, a toy, crayons, an age-appropriate coloring lesson that matches the sermon text, and a short and simple grace-based family devotional.
From 6-8pm on the first Wednesday of each month, we hold a fun children's worship event in our sanctuary for grades K-4. We have food, games, worship music, and a Jesus-focused teaching.
Also, throughout the year we plan multiple fun events, camps, and go on fun trips with our Gospel Life Kids!
Lastly, we want to give parents every resource they need to raise their children in the gospel of grace. If parents desire, our pastor and his wife will meet with them to tailor-make a discipleship plan for each of their children.