Mark and I have been blessed to have been in family integrated churches (where children are encouraged to be in the worship services rather than sent out to children’s church or the nursery) since before we were a family. Worshiping together as a family has always been a privilege and a blessing to us. It is a wonderful thing to be in the middle of a worship service and to look down the pew at all those little people looking up at the pastor (or playing with their shoes) and then to be able to come home and discuss the sermon with the children.
This morning with 11 month old Nicholas on my lap and 2 year old Colby beside me, I enjoyed this scene. Nicholas has tired of sitting quietly and looking around so I give him one of his quiet toys. Colby eyes the toy longingly. Nicholas, being the selfless little Christian that he is (ha) offers the toy to Colby. “No, no Dicowas, look at pastor,” whispers Colby pointing toward the pulpit.
If you are interested in how we teach our little ones to sit quietly in church check out this discussion and scroll down. I answer that specific question a little more than half way down the page.