Your elementary student learned yesterday about the importance of coming to church! The bottom line your child learned is that friends worship together. This is a commitment that is slowly being lost in our culture, and we’d love for you to continue to talk to your kids about the importance of regularly coming to church! Below, you will find answers to questions your kids might ask and ideas to help church be a positive experience. Enjoy!
Where does it say in the Bible that we should go to church every Sunday? Hebrews 10:24-25 gives us good advice. The writer says: “24 Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. 25 Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” We weren’t meant to live our lives alone. God created us for community. Community can only happen if you see each other often! God wants us to connect with other people who want to live for Him, and the best way to do that is by gathering together frequently- such as every Sunday!
What is the point of going to church? First, going to church gives us the opportunity to remember and think about God’s love for us. We forget things really easily, but going to church is a great reminder to help us remember how great God’s love is- especially seen in Jesus! Going to church is also a great opportunity to learn more about who God is and what matters to Him. The Bible is packed full of information, and learning about God with friends makes it more fun! Going to church is also a great time to be given instruction and reminders about what we should be doing with our lives. Think of an athlete. They train and work hard for the race. Going to church on Sunday is one way that a Christian can train to work hard for the things God desires throughout the week.
What if I your kids don’t feel like going? On a day when your kids don’t feel like going to church, encourage them to go! Set your kids up to have a good time at church. Eat a fun breakfast, pray out loud on your way to church, ask God to teach every person in the family something new about Him, and don’t forget to smile and show your kids that you also want to go to church!
As your wrap up, ask your kids “What do you like most about church?” If they need some help coming up with ideas, help them remember that church is a place where they get to see friends. They get to sing at church, they play all kinds of crazy games, they talk and learn about God together, and they learn about how their lives fit into God’s Big Story.
Then, ask your kids, “What gets in the way of going to church?” Maybe it’s hard to get to church because life is so crazy busy. Maybe you have to work around a sport team’s practice schedule. Or maybe you have the kind of family situation where you can’t come every week. As a family, brainstorm things you can do to help you come to church every Sunday. This might include adding in a fun element on your way to church, praying for an desire to go to church, or challenging each person in your family to remember one thing and share it out loud on the way home!
Want to hear what Ken Wytsma has to say about the importance of church? Watch this short Redux video! Then check out the Redux website for more answers to questions you might have!