By Steve Hands
“Why do you come to worship at church? What do you hope for?” This was probably not the opening question my class expected. To wrap up our final four weeks of EQUIP classes, I decided to take any families who were willing through the book Parenting in the Pewby Robbie Castleman. I had promoted the class by telling families we were going to work together on worshiping together with our kids. Every Sunday at our Warrenville campus we have our children from Kindergarten on up join us for the whole worship service (and a few even younger than that!). We certainly all knew we needed the help. I know I needed it.
But before we jumped the gun into our best strategies for helping kids be still, be quiet, and obey, Robbie challenged us to reconsider why we come to worship at all. Here’s the quote that rocked all our boats: “Worship is not a refueling to get us through another week. Worship is not a system of traditions built up over many years of congregational life until everyone feels comfortable. Worship is not a time to unwind, relax, tune out or take a mental vacation. Worship is not an hour of Christian entertainment. It is not what makes us good people, faithful Christians or successful parents.”