Take a look around you during worship. In one row, you might find small children playfully bouncing in their seats. Behind them, an elderly couple might strain forward to hear the pastor speak.
Sharing worship space among the generations can be a sensitive challenge for congregations as they welcome and serve all of God's children — from longtime parishioners in their 80s to 18-month-old toddlers learning to worship.
Striking a balance between the needs of young children and older adults is a common reason for churches to seek advice from ELCA Worship and Liturgical Resources. Jennifer Phelps Ollikainen, associate for worship resources, said parents help build unity among young and old during worship when they take up the cause of hospitality within their communities of faith.
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