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Parents Corner: Partnering with Young People

Worship Arts: A Blessed Morning

Children in Worship: Being intentional

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Parents Corner: Partnering with Young People

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By Shirley Carlson What does it mean to "partner" with children and youth?  Do we treat them as equal partners in our churches and at home?  Do we want to?  How does God answer that question?  Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me."  There are other references to partnering with youth in the Bible as well. "Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3-4).  God intends for us to learn from each other....

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Worship Arts: A Blessed Morning

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By Betsy Dishman, Director of Music and Children’s Ministry, Olivet Presbyterian Church It’s Sunday, and the children are singing in worship. The scouts have gone camping, an out-of-town wedding claimed two flower girls, a birthday party was happening, and a few families probably forgot. Every child did not sing on pitch, a couple of enthusiastic children joined in who don’t attend our mid-week ministry, and one child fell off the chancel step. It was a blessed morning! Blessing #1: A mom has been visiting with her girls, and her husband joined her on the pew for the first time. Blessing...

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Children in Worship: Being intentional

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GenOn Ministries is a proponent of all ages in worship, and not just as passive observers but engaged and leading. However, there are good reasons why many faith communities choose to offer “parallel learning” for the youngest children during some of worship, particularly the sermon. Here are two ideas to help parents with re-engaging children who have been out of worship for a time. First, Carolyn Brown writes in her Worshiping with Children blog about children being clearly welcomed to the worshiping congregation and that their parents be supported at each step. She offers, as an example, a letter to...

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