Here are some considerations you may not have thought of.
- Where else can kids be surrounded by grownups of all ages who smile on them and love them even when they don't know their names?
- Where else does a "holy terror" kid get loved, time after time, even when said HTK can't sit still, can't be quiet and won't stop pestering whoever sits next to him?
- Where else do young children and adolescents interact with older adults--other than their parents--instead of just observing them from a distance?
- Where else do youngsters carry on real conversations with adults--listening adults--who aren't relatives or friends of their parents?
- Where else in today's world do kids get a front row seat to watch and learn that it takes all kinds of people, each one playing their part, to keep things going?
- Where else do children learn grownup songs and get to sing alongside adults? And how often would those adults around them smile benevolently, even when a child sings off-key or messes up the words?
- Where else can you feel you already know a lot about the values and home life of another child's parents even before you've spent time with the family?
- Where else will the clear difference between right and wrong be reinforced to your kids?
- Where else will they learn The Ten Commandments so they possess a standard for living that's far more reliable than their personal feelings?
- Where else will your kids learn and be reminded that Jesus Christ, the Savior, lived and died and rose again--for them?
- In what other setting--besides at home--are your children likely to be reassured over and over again that Jesus, their Best Friend and Protector, loves them and is with them every moment of every day and night?
It's not "Go to church and do your duty," but rather, "Why miss out on the blessing and joy?"
Bringing your kids to church is not just so they can hear the pastor's sermon and/or the children's message of the Gospel.
Being part of a family of faith is about support and encouragement--for both your children and you as their parents.
If you're a mom or dad, your fellow churchgoers are like your backup team.
Think about it. A church family is just that: Family
You may live a thousand miles from relatives, but if you're part of a local body of believers, you're plunked right down in the middle of family.
Family related by faith, not blood, who will be there when you need them.
Folks who see you talking to a friend and spot your toddler running across the parking lot, then immediately race after the junior adventurer and deliver your little one safely back to you.
Individuals whom it's safe to talk to, who will care that you're running on fumes and feeling overwhelmed.
It only takes one to hug you and remind you, "Take heart, it's not the end of the story yet. God will get you through this. I know that's true and here's how. ..."
It's been this way since Jesus started it
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." --John 13:34-35
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. --Galatians 6:2
Just look for a church that's Jesus- and Bible-centered. Then go with an open mind and be as friendly as you would be if taking part in any kind of new activity. Consider it another way to give your kids--and yourself--a solid base for living and to make new friends.
What do you have to lose?