June 1989

RW 12
THEME: Children in Worship
Reformed Worship issue cover

Articles in this issue:

  • Using the church year to teach the mighty acts of God

    Dirk is five. He wiggles a lot in church. Sings some. Talks too much. And doesn't get much out of the sermon. Sometimes a musical instrument, a choir, or a change of banners and colors catches his attention—but not often enough. Usually worship is words and ideas rather than the concrete objects, people, and events that have meaning for children. So Dirk returns to his crayons.

  • by A. Roger Gobbel and Phillip C. Huber. John Knox Press, 1981. 106 pp.

    Creative Designs is several cuts above most other books about children's sermons. The (Lutheran) authors begin (pp. 3-40) with a carefully reasoned explanation of the role of children in worship ("Not what we can do for children, but what we can do along with children"). The rest of the book is devoted to forty-three conversations (containing many questions) an adult can have with children as part of the worship service.

  • A challenge to include children in all our worship activities

    by Patricia Nederveld

    Dear Lord God,
    I pray to
    You every day
    For what I need
    And you give it to me.
    I will keep on praising
    Your name.
    Jesus, I love You.
    "A Psalm of Jasmine"

  • by Arline J. Ban. Judson Press, 1981. 128 pp.

    Children's Time was written in the context of rather traditional Baptist churches who want to make the worship service more meaningful to children. Ban considers the dilemma of children remaining in the service versus being separated to a another worship place. She opts (mildly) for the first and makes a number of suggestions for incorporating. children into the regular service.

  • Why the RCA said yes to baptized children at the Lords Supper

    Should children be permitted at the Lord's table?

    Thirty years ago that question would not have come up in most evangelical churches. But today many churches have studied that question seriously (see box). And many members of these churches believe baptized children should be allowed and encouraged to participate in the Lord's Supper./p>

    Why this shift in thinking? What has prompted the discussion? What issues are at stake?

  • Today we celebrate the greatness of our God—the one who created us with minds to learn, gave us the abilities to master skills, and opens our hearts to understand that all learning is for his glory. We ask each person worshiping here today, whether four or eighty-four, to stand as we now celebrate schooling in this "Litany of Learning."

  • by David Ng and Virginia Thomas. John Knox Press, 1981. 156 pp.

    This book has become somewhat of a standard text and remains one of the best guides on children and (or rather in) worship. Sensitive to biblical models, Reformed theology, and child development, the authors present a compelling case for children as full participants in worship. Ng and Thomas recognize that such inclusiveness requires deliberate effort on the part of the home and the church. They suggest routes for moving congregations in that direction.