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Children and Youth

One of the ways the Bible describes Christians is that they are family. Just as parents love and care for their own children, so also we at LRPC seek to love and care for the entire family that God has brought together at our church.

The first application of this is that everyone is welcome in the worship service. Yes, we know that children sometimes cause disruptions; but they are still a part of the family! Parents work together with nursery workers to care for children and train them to be respectful during the service, and the nursery is always available when it is necessary. But our goal is that our children will learn to be in the sanctuary and participate in worship, not be left outside. As Jesus himself said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God."

As our children grow, it is our responsibility to educate them in the Christian faith. To this end, our Sunday school class for younger children (4 years old - 6th grade) focuses on knowing the Scriptures. This class systematically surveys the entire Bible over the course of several years. Once children move into 7th grade their classes continues to be based on the Bible, but with an increased focus on uniting knowledge of the Scripture with systematic and logical thinking as well as wise application in all areas of life. We encourage these youth to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism as a part of their Christian education.

Above all, we desire that every child will trust in Jesus Christ as savior and Lord, and commit his or her life to following him. God in his kindness has given us a tangible goal to help us encourage them in that direction. 1 Corinthians 11 teaches that anyone who would eat and drink of the Lord's Supper must be able to examine himself or herself regarding faith in the Lord; that is, every person needs to be able to own his or her faith in an "adult" fashion, not just as a child. Our prayer for the children and youth in our church is that each one would learn to do just that, and come before the elders of the church to make a credible profession of faith, thus becoming full communicant members of the church.