Q: My church has a "Children's Moment" during worship for the kids to come up front and hear a short story from the pastor. My son is usually too shy to leave the pew. How can I help him gain courage?
A: Many churches set aside a portion of worship for a children's message — and lots of children, like your son, enjoy it from the pews rather than walking up front.
Don't pressure your child to leave your side if he's not ready. It's important for young children to feel comfortable and secure in worship so they gain a sense of God's love and learn that church is a safe place.
Ask your child if he'd like you to come up with him for this portion of the service. If he agrees, it could be a transition for making him feel more at home in church.
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