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Now what? Teen might be surprised by adult welcome

He's not sure he'd be welcome in congregation's music programs

Q: My teenage son is active in his high-school band and choir, but his enthusiasm about church is slipping. I think he'd enjoy church more if he'd take part in our congregation's music programs, but he's not sure he'd be welcome in those adult groups. What can I do?

photodiscA: Many churches have adult-centered choirs and music teams, which can give teens the impression they're not invited to participate. But churches desperately want youth to be involved in the full life of the community. If your son has musical gifts to share with your congregation, let your music director or pastor know. Chances are good that he'll receive a much warmer welcome than he expects.

Send questions to Diana Dworin.


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