During school term, children aged 3 to 12 join their parents for the first 10-15 minutes of the worship service. They then leave for a combined class that caters for each of these age groups. For the holidays a special Kid's Talk, held as part of the worship service, replaces the normal class.
Being family is a central part of God’s plan for the world. On the first pages of the Bible the story of creation finds its apex in the creation of a man and woman. The very first set of instructions given to this couple included the command to start a family.
When humanity became too evil to bear, God chose one man and his family to build a ship and make a new beginning. In Abraham, God chose one man and his family that were yet to be born, to become a nation that would represent Him on earth.
In the Ten Commandments, the first commandment that deals with our relations with people, focuses on family. There are handfuls of instructions in the Bible, Old Testament and New, that focus on family, and they all take this for granted: raising our children for God is the responsibility of parents. No one can do it on their behalf.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 KJV, ESV.
And now a word to you parents. Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather, bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves, with suggestions and godly advice. – Ephesians 6:4 TLB
In the example of Jesus and the teaching on of the New Testament, there is a dimension added to Family. Our church becomes our family. The same kind of love and commitment we see in healthy families, is what we have to grow in as a church. As church members we prayerfully want to support one another in the tremendous challenge to bring up our children to swim up-stream in the surrounding culture - and to serve God, even when it means hardship.