Recently a friend and I were discussing our ideas about parenting. He just could not understand why I felt it important to raise my kid in a church community. He was not questioning why I wanted my kid to have faith in God, but he could not see how belong to a church family might be an important parenting resource.
First is, of course, the issue of faith. I would like my child to have a Wildlife Removal strong faith in God because I know that religion will provide the comfort, solace, and inspiration to carry him through the joys and tribulations that are in store for him as a human. I know this from my personal experience as well as countless studies that have shown that people with faith in a higher being live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives.
Belonging to a church is more than simply attending services on Sundays. It’s about becoming a member of the community and that is a very important element in my choice for my child. His friends are children he has known his whole life and his teachers and caregivers are adults and teenagers we have known for years. We’ve got history and connections that brings us together for fellowship and fun as well as to discuss troubles and celebrate joys.
Every child needs various role models to help decide what individual they will become. I cannot think of a better place to find a wide assortment of role models than in a church. I know there are many people whom I look up to one of our congregation and I am positive that my son has many too.
Regularly attending church and Sunday School and engaging in the church community provides a child with many vital guidelines for being a good person as well as a good Christian. Children also learn from observing others and following that example. If they see their parents and other adults giving of their time, love, and money then they will be giving as well.
Finally, I find Church teaches my child a whole lot about social relationships. He has a group of peers he has known since infancy and will grow to adulthood with but he also appreciates a spread of generations and knows and loves people of many ages and backgrounds that he likely wouldn’t understand if not for church.
These five reasons are powerful motivations for increasing your child in a church community, but there’s one other important factor also. Attending church, and church community activities, is something that you can do together as a family. Step off the hectic whirl of day-to-day life and into a community of faith.