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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 small children sometimes cause disruptions; but they are still a part of the family! Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Our desire is that our children will learn to be in the sanctuary and participate in worship, but we recognize that sometimes parents will still find it necessary to take children out of the sanctuary.

As our children grow, it is our responsibility to educate them in the Christian faith. To this end, our youth (grades 7-12) have lunch and classes at their teacher's home on Sunday after the worship service. Our goal educationally is to unite a knowledge of the Scripture with systematic and logical thinking as well as wise application in all areas of life. We encourage our youth to memorize the Westminster Shorter Catechism as a part of their Christian education. Beyond that, we hope that through these times together the youth develop good friendships in the faith that will anchor them as they grow.

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.