As we move into Resurrection Living, we have ample opportunities to be aware of God’s Presence, right here with us. One of the ways we try to do that at Asbury is by being a community where all are welcomed.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charleston SC, has a laminated card in the pews that reminds us to welcome families with children, even if the children get antsy in worship. Here’s what it says:
“TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST….
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Service and actions of the pastor, ushers, choir, etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in their house of worship.
TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH
The presence of children is a gift to the Church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing.
Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.”
I especially like the reminder to “give a smile of encouragement to their parents.” We can do this, as we seek to be a place where all are welcomed.
After church a few Sundays ago, an occasional visitor made a point of finding me and saying how welcomed he felt each time he came to worship. It meant a great deal to him.
Thank you, Asbury, for being a place where all are welcome!