Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Letter of Encouragement to Parents of Young Children



We just wanted to take a moment as a congregation to thank you for bringing your children (or grandchildren) to church! We know it’s not easy to leave the house early in the morning, especially on the weekend, and schlep the kids to church and Sunday School. We know it would be easier for you to sleep in but you chose not to. You chose to bring your children to Jesus and we are so grateful. We don’t often think of the words to encourage you even though we know you could use it.

We know children get fussy, sometimes whine, and get fidgety. We know sometimes you might feel embarrassed but don’t! If it feels like all eyes are on you during the service it’s only because we love to see you and your children. We are just so happy that you are part of our family. We know children are filled with wiggles and we don’t mind if they make some extra noise! We know that’s just the way God made them, and we much prefer a noisy church to a silent one!

So, we just want to encourage you. Nothing is more important in this whole world than bringing children to Jesus. The presence of your children is a gift to our church and a reminder that our church is growing. We remember the words of Jesus who said “Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven,” and “one must become like a little child to inherit the kingdom of God.”

We don’t expect any of our little ones at St. Paul to sit in their pew the entire time as little cherubs. We wouldn't want that anyways!  In between the whining, the crushed pretzel on the floor, your frequent running off to the nursery and the outburst at the communion rail when Pastor Larson was blessing your child, we just want you to know that we are all cheering you on!

And know that it’s not just us smiling when you bring your wiggling and fidgeting children to weekly worship. Your heavenly Father is smiling too and all the holy angels with him because your son or daughter, in between the outburst, crying, and communion cards strewn on the floor is growing in their faith and love for Jesus, who died for their sins too.

So relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy the service. And if you are tired and just need an extra hand don’t be afraid to ask for help. We know its exhausting work. Most of all, thank you for not giving up. Thank you for bringing your children to church. Thank you for the blessings that you provide for all of us. Thank you for being a part of our family.

Sincerely,
your congregation at St. Paul
Wittenberg, WI

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