Dworin, 38, a mother of three and a former parenting magazine editor, blogs about the quirky journey of her Lutheran family: Dan, 39; Janine, 11; Ben, 8 and Jillian, 5, at www.thelutheran.org/blog/parenting.
Q: My children are getting older and want to be with their friends during worship. Shouldn’t we sit together as a family when we’re at church?
A: Worshiping together goes beyond sitting in the same pew. When you give your children opportunities to sit with their friends, you reinforce the message that worship is a gift we share in community with others — not just those within our family.
Kids who worship side by side with their youth group peers or Sunday school buddies often build closer connections. Ultimately, this can help your children become more comfortable with other aspects of life in community, such as praying together, sharing questions and encouraging others through difficult times.
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