In this section we are dedicating space to answer those things that you always wanted to know about children’s and youth ministry. A FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) if you like, a ‘I feel I should know this but don’t’ if you are being honest!
We have started with a couple of questions, but if there is something that you would like to know or you are struggling with in your local situation, please do email us your questions and we will try to answer them here. If you want to know something, chances are someone else would find that information handy too!
Q. Where do I find appropriate Junior Church resources?
A. The URC recommends the ecumenical, lectionary based ‘ROOTS’ resource for use in Sunday schools, as well as other contexts including after-school groups and all-age worship. Each week it provides ways to open the Bible to children and young people, exploring one of the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and relating it to everyday life.
For more information check out their website www.rootsontheweb.com.
Q. How do we reassure parents that their children are welcome in our church, even when they are noisy?
A. This is a common question and one that some parents of worry about. They can feel as though all eyes are on them and that they are being judged when their children don’t conform to the ‘sitting still and quiet’ behaviour they feel is expected in church.
This letter was written by a Minister’s wife and may be helpful in letting parents know the value of having children in worship, no matter what!
Dear Parents With Young Children in Church,
You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.
I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.
And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone's eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way.