The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The church-reluctant child

Congregations and parents partner to reach

In Christian love you have presented these children for Holy Baptism. You should, therefore, faithfully bring them to the services of God's house ....

When parents and sponsors surround the baptismal font and smile down at the soon-to-be baptized, the promises they make seem so fresh, so sincere.

Keeping those promises may be easy the first few years. But as many parents know, fostering a child's interest in church can be a challenge. "Why do I have to go?" is a familiar refrain. This fussing is made louder by a culture that puts soccer games and hockey practices in competition with worship.

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