Family Worship @ East
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up… Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deut. 6:5-9)
Much of the “programming” in churches today can often segment a family rather than draw them together. Our mission at East is:
“We are a family, building Christ centered homes, who impact their world.”
We believe our activities together should reflect that mission, especially in worship. For that reason, our Sunday services encourage each family (from 2nd grade up) to worship together in the sanctuary, while ages 4 through 1st grade attend a teaching time geared specially to that age group.
Based on the instruction of Scripture and our mission emphasis, we believe:
1. God has charged parents with the primary responsibility for the spiritual training of their children; a parent’s example in worship fulfills that divine role.
2. As children observe their parents, they see the purpose and practice of worshipping God modeled each week.
3. We also believe these times of communal worship are filled with Spirit-directed moments through prayer, the sacraments, and the teaching of God’s Word that cannot be scripted or replicated elsewhere.
4. Children are described as “the greatest” in God’s Kingdom; we believe they bring elements to worship that adults should see, hear and experience.
As charged in Ephesians 4, our pastors and staff are committed to equip parents in this calling. We regularly offer opportunities throughout the year for parents to grow in this divine role. It’s our prayer we will all encourage each other in our parenting journey.
“You should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming.” (Hebrews 10:25b)