Children's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in June.
Why Celebrate Children's Day?
- It is an affirmation of children and those who work with children.
- It is a celebration of the relationships we enjoy, past experiences, and rough spots we have gone through--the life we share together.
- It is a time to remember that our children are a gift from God as well as what God has done for our children.
- It is a time when kingdom priorities are made evident: "…and a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6); "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it" (Luke 18:16-17). Children show us the way of joy, celebration, and love.
- It is a time for the inclusion of children in special and meaningful worship experiences to involve them in the life of the church.
- It is a time for modeling love and encouraging parents and teachers in their relationships with their children. Likewise, children model for us the ways that we can be open to the gifts of the Spirit.
- It is a time to rejoice in God's presence, guidance, comfort, power, companionship, and assurance--all of which are given to our children through the Spirit.
- It is a time to mark another year of healthy growth. Spiritual growth is celebrated much like a successful year of growth at the time of the harvest. The Holy Spirit is the agent of this growth, guiding young lives to the truth and instructing them in it.
Resources from Reformed Worship magazine
- "Let the Children Come: Resources for Including Children in Worship" offers guidelines for children's sermons and suggestions for worshiping with preschoolers and older elementary children.
- "It Takes a Congregation to Nurture the Children" highlights the importance of the congregation's role in children's spiritual nurture and suggests ways to include children in congregational worship.
- "Kids of the Kingdom: Four Services with a Focus on Children" contains outlines for four worship services that are designed to include child participation.
- "How to Encourage the Children in Your Congregation to Worship" explains ways that worship leaders can involve children in worship without separating them from the rest of the congregation.
- Back issues of Reformed Worship contain many more articles about worshiping with children. Visit www.reformedworship.org and type "children" into the search box for a list.