Family Ministry

advice, thoughts, and discussion

the importance of Intergenerational worship

on July 17, 2012

We took our kids to the Indiana Central District kids’ camp R.O.C.K. last week. This was an amazing time that our greater body of believers could come together and worship through song, prayer, and diving into the word of God. It was incredible to see the ways that the kids connected with the Holy Spirit throughout the week. We had kids commit their lives to Christ, re-commitments, and calls to ministry and missions. But, one of the coolest and most awe-inspiring things about camp was seeing the kids worshiping alongside teen and adult counselors and leaders.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that kids have their own place to worship and their own messages to hear on Sunday mornings. I believe that most sermons that the Pastor gives on a Sunday morning isn’t appropriate for children to hear – discussions about marital troubles, sex, and the violence in this world aren’t exactly what a five-year old needs to hear quite yet. But, there is something beautiful about the greater body of Christ coming together in reverence to our Savior. Maybe it’s because we are getting a glimpse into heaven. Read the book of Revelation to get a larger picture of the awesome worship environment in Heaven.

I read this article the other day that says, “The whole body of Christ is called to worship together in unity.  While it is taken for granted that adults should participate in worship services, when it comes to children, we don’t make the same assumption….Worship is an important way of feeding our hunger for God, of developing our relationship with him.  Children experience a relationship with God long before they are able to express it.  God’s revelation is not age specific; God reveals himself to all believers, regardless of their age.  Therefore, all age groups need each other in worship – adults need children and children need adults.  In this way, we are forming the faith of all generations as we encourage and uplift each other.  When we exclude children from worship, what are we doing to their faith?  Moreover, what are we doing to the faith of adults?”

This got me thinking….I love that each age group can learn different things about God that they can understand in their state of cognitive growth, but are we missing something? Should we be having a time of inter-generational worship more often in our churches? What do you think? What does your church do?


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