A Youth Friendly Church

As a twelve or thirteen year old boy, I started leading song service. I would just let it rip, loud and high.   Looking back, it might of appeared odd to visitors to see such a young kid leading the song service.  Part of the reason was we needed a song leader and another reason was our pastor (my dad) has always felt that kids should take part in the service.  

 

At our local church, we encourage kids to take part in the service through singing, playing instruments, plays, and working on Eagle’s View.  As a matter of fact, there are some services, there are more young people involved than adults.    

 

The picture above is of Gracie, my daughter, playing the piano at church on a recent Sunday.  She finished and my Dad called her back up and they played the piano together.  It meant a lot to Gracie to be able to play the piano in church.   

 

We should make our churches “youth friendly” and let them know that they play an important part.  Sure you might have to work and groom them, and they might not get it perfect, neither do adults, but it can mean so much to that young boy or girl to be a part of the service.  Years ago, I was leading the song “I’d Rather be an Old Time Christian,” and I got to the part of “…walking in the grand ole highway.”  Instead of saying, “grand ole highway,” I accidentally said, “grand ole Opry.”  To this day, when I sing that song, I have to remind myself of the correct words.  

 

There is a great strength when the older and younger work together in serving the Lord.  The Bible is filled with young men and women working for the Lord, such as Mary, David, and Joseph.  

 

The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

Proverbs 20:29

 

Do not let the talents and gifts that God has given our young people waste away.  Let us give them the opportunity to use their gifts for the Glory of God. 

 

5 Qualities a Young Person can Offer

  1. Passion
  2. Open to the leading of the Lord
  3. Tender hearted
  4. They believe in what they are doing for the Lord
  5. Vision minded

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.   I Timothy 4:12

 

I’d rather have a little wild fire than no fire at all.  – Brother William Branham

 

MichaelfaceMichael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area   and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.


'A Youth Friendly Church' have 4 comments

  1. October 20, 2015 @ 7:06 am Mike

    That’s exactly right brother!!!! Thanks for sharing your story and quotes. My wife Elissa and I have 6 children and believe the same thing. Bring up a child in the way it should go and it won’t depart from him.

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  2. October 23, 2015 @ 8:58 pm Eagle's View

    Thank you for the comment. I was blessed to have parents that saw the importance of us being involved in church.
    Michael

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  3. October 28, 2015 @ 1:39 pm Frank Prater

    How well I remember the days’ when you were that young man becoming who you are today. I can only imagine your letting go with the words’ “The Grand Old Opry.” The next time I see you singing at church, I’ll need to work hard not to remember. God bless, and keep up the good work for the Lord.

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    • November 2, 2015 @ 8:34 pm Eagle's View

      Those were some wonderful times in the early 90s, when we had montly fellowship times.  Appreciate your friendship!  Michael

       

       

       

       

       

       

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