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Dear Parents: Thank You for Bringing Your Children to Church

As people engaged in communicating the love of God to children, we know the value of age appropriate learning led by loving teachers using pedagogically sound resources. And we also understand the importance of including children in intergenerational worship. Too often I’ve witnessed parents, weary and worried about disrupting the service, apologize to the people around because their children were wiggly or loud. They shouldn’t have to feel that way. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers may wonder at times if it is worth all the effort. This letter is for them:

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8 Keys to Engaging Pre-Teens in Church

Parents of pre-teens struggle with a difficult reality of the almost-but-not-yet, which seems to inform every action. This is a consistent trait from early childhood, as the child learns how to do things for herself, struggling to do what everyone else has mastered. In this way, a two year-old and a twenty-two year-old are the same. But this seems particularly acute for the pre-teen. Each action is her trying on teenage behaviors and expectations.

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