Some excellent ideas from a Presbyterian pastor on how to make worship more inclusive for children (and adults). A comment in a response to her article really struck me, “The one thing I would be very cautious about is the language that is used for why children are not in the sanctuary during the sermon. For the past 50 years or so we have been telling children they can’t be in worship because the sermon is “boring”, or other such language that says they won’t enjoy it. Then they get into middle school or high school and suddenly we think they are going to magically enjoy being in worship. But they’ve been told for the past twelve or more years that they won’t enjoy it, they won’t have fun, they won’t learn anything, that they will be bored. And then we wonder why we lose them.”
Read Theresa Cho’s whole posting from her blog, “Still Waters” here: Children in Worship: It’s More than Having Coloring Sheets.