When we are all together in church there should be a lot more happening than just the formal “service” elements of us being together. One of the things that can happen is that the children are given opportunity to spend time with their friends and so do things with them. These times can bring so much happiness into the lives of the children.
One of the great benefits of this is that it means that church is seen as being a very positive experience in their lives. The children look forward to being there because they can have such happy times there.
Some might say that we should only be in church to do “spiritual” things and when those things are done we disperse and go home. Such seems to deny the development of meaningful fellowship. Fellowship is about sharing our lives together, and one of the great by-products of sharing our time is for the children to have great times of enjoyment.
These times are vital in the children developing a positive attitude towards church. To see parents failing to allow their children to have these times causes me concern. Through such happy times connections are made in the heart that church means positive experiences and it is a place that has brought good things in their lives. This can be used for great good in fostering and interest in the great things that are spoken of in church. And these positive impressions can be vital helping the children towards cleaving to the Lord and committing to that place where His is honoured.
All the happy experiences of their earlier days can contribute to this.