How should you feel coming to Water of Life with a baby or child? 

EXCITED! When babies hear the Word of God, the Holy Spirit creates faith in their heart just like an older child or adult. In Proverbs 22:6 the Bible says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” A new family recently joined Water of Life with a baby under 1 year old. After a particularly loud service on the baby’s part, the mom asked Pastor Burgess if she should take the baby out of the service when he was loud, so as not to be a disturbance to the rest of the church family. Pastor replied with an enthusiastic, “Absolutely not!”

 It is so important for children to experience church while they are young. When they hear parts of the service that repeat each week, such as: songs, prayers and creeds, they begin to retain the words. Don’t be surprised as your child gets older, when they start participating too! By saying The Lord’s Prayer and singing hymns at home, you can help your child recognize those repeating parts of the service even faster. They will start to become excited when they hear something that they recognize in the service. As He said in Matthew 19:14, Jesus wants all children to come to Him. As adults it is our responsibility to bring the children to Him that cannot come on their own. (I don’t think we want babies driving themselves to church each Sunday.) We all know that actions speak louder than words. When we go to church and Bible study, we are not only bringing our children to Jesus but we are showing them that learning about Jesus is important.

“I know that it is good for my baby to hear God’s Word, but I feel so guilty when they are yelling and distracting others. How do I get my child to stay calm during the full hour of church?” Great question!!! A wonderful way to keep your child entertained and engaged in church is to put together a Quiet Bag. A Quiet Bag normally includes: quiet toys, books, coloring books, puzzles, a Children’s Bible and even snacks! Keeping this bag stocked with Biblical toys and books is a great way to encourage learning about Jesus in church. It is also a good idea to only allow children to play with their Quiet Bag when they are in church so that it stays interesting each Sunday. Another idea is to make your Quiet Bag individualized for each of your children as they probably have different interests. 

If you are still unsure about bringing your baby or young child to church, remember that most people in the church have had their own children or been around children often. Your child is a cherished member of Water of Life and more than that, they are a loved child of God, who wants to hear them sing praises to Him in church. Even if those praises are sung from the nursery in the back of the sanctuary, which is available if you feel more comfortable letting your child cry it out in there. We can’t wait to see you and your children this coming Sunday. Lord’s Blessings to you until then.