Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Pro. 22:6
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them;
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Mat 19:14
At CGC, we believe that the children contribute more to the worship then they take. We prefer that the children stay with their parents during the worship portion to learn proper church behavior and to learn how to enter into worship. We have no concern if a child behaves in a less than stellar fashion. They are children. They are learning. After just a couple of Sundays, they learn acceptable behavior.
Asking children to sit quietly during the sermon is just a bridge too far. We send the children off to children’s church where simple programs are presented by caring parents who have volunteered to teach the little ones about God and Jesus. Sometimes, there may be a puppet play taking up part of the sermon time but the little ones love it.
Generally, we don't do infant baptism but we do hold dedication ceremonies for the wee ones. We dedicate the wee one to a life with Christ and dedicate the parents and all the church members to always be examples of life in Christ.
Some events, like the hot dog roast and the summer picnics are geared toward the little ones having fun. Often the adults have more fun watching the antics of the little ones than the little ones doing the antics. Even the church grouch is caught smiling when the little ones are playing.
Another feature of our children’s program is a summer parent-child campout on the hill behind the new church. We have a simple overnight campout with a dinner cooked on the campfire then campfire snacks and stories later. We strive for a nice mix of ghost stories and stories from old and new Testaments. If the children are willing, there may be some skits. The next morning, we have a breakfast then casual pack up and go home.