I have a love-hate relationship with children’s messages. I love that the offering of a children’s message provides a time for talking about God with children within the context of the worshipping community. But I hate that sometimes this opportunity gets used as a time for silly entertainment or a way to get a message across to the adults.
Perhaps what I hate the most is the perceived pressure from the adults in the congregation to provide what I call “the Ministry of Cuteness.” For whatever reason, too many congregations have become accustomed to being entertained when children are brought up to the front of the sanctuary. And this truly is a shame because, as Jesus reminds us, “…it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14).
So what do we do to assure that the children’s message time is used most effectively with our beloved children? How can we approach our youngest disciples in ways that will nurture their souls?
Here are five key do’s and don’ts that I hope will be helpful to those of you who minister with the children in your congregation through a children’s message:
Our time with children is precious and we want to be sure that we are modeling the best examples of what the Church has to offer as they grow in faith. May we all love this time with the children as we nurture them with God’s Love.
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