What do the children do in a house church gathering?
Children are encouraged to participate during times of sharing, prayer, and picking out songs. There have been many times where the children have profound thoughts for the adults to consider. This is also a great way for them to practice sharing their faith with others. The youngest children sometimes will be brought to a play room close by if the meeting is too long for them. However, parents are encouraged to train their children when possible to join the group meeting. Some of the preschoolers will sit at the dining room table nearby, coloring, drawing, etc while they are listening.
Can the children effectively learn in the house church model?
The children learn a lot in a house church model! However, each parent should be intentional about having follow-up conversations with the children about what was discussed. Children need to see adults struggle with some conversations. Children need to see that adults don't have all the answers and need to pray about it. Children should see adults turn to their bible to give answers to life's difficult questions. Children should be considering how they would answer questions that arise. Children should be challenged from an early age to start making sense of their faith. The BEST way for children to learn is through the family environment. When the elderly are put in a class all by themselves, we miss out on hearing the wisdom they have gained in life. When children are put in a class by themselves, we miss out on a child's perspective on life. Jesus rebuked the disciples when they wanted to keep the children away from Jesus. "Then the children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.' And he laid his hands on them and went away." (Matthew 19:13-15)