What’s missing in CH_ _CH? U-R! I’d like to talk to all families about Church attendance. The teachers are aware that there are quite a number of children that are not regularly attending church. Of course, this is because the parents don’t take them.
There are reasons for non-attendance like illness, or a new baby has joined the family, or a trip out of town. But these are temporary things, and it seems as though a good number of our Geneva families have just stopped attending church altogether.
This is not biblical, and it is prevents healthy spiritual life and growth in children and in parents.
Christ loved the church and died for it. We are given membership into the family of God and that family meets in community to return worship to Him and to support one another. The church is where we are to be instructed, to be held accountable, to serve others, and to grow in grace.
It’s pretty obvious when a family is trying to hold together a “Christian life” but is neglecting the primary and God-given means of doing so.
To be accepted into Geneva, a family has to have membership in, or be regular attendees of, a church. This was not meant to be a one-time requirement. It was meant to reveal a sincere commitment on behalf of fathers and mothers to biblical living.
We don’t track church attendance, and we don’t want to. However, the Board is also concerned. Are we encouraging church involvement adequately?
Sometime in the coming months we’re going to ask you where you attend church. If you’ve been slacking, it’s time to find a church home. It’s important. It’s important for your children.
If you need suggestions, ask around. I know many families attend Covenant Life Fellowship and Redeemer’s. Some attend Covenant Grace Presbyterian Church and some Church on the Rise or Family Church. There are school families in ministry at Journey, and at The Father’s House. I know I’m omitting a bunch. The point is, find a church if you don’t have one!
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
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