Setting up a Jr Church

I am not a proponent of pre-made Sunday School lessons. However, planning out the year of the major topics of things you want your class to learn is just wise. Especially when you take that topic to God and allow Him to show you things in the scriptures that will prepare you, that’s a double win. Too often churches get bigger and people get lazy so they switch to premade lessons… the end result is lessons that contain no Spirit lead information. It’s no better than looking it up online and just reading it. Information is NOT knowledge. It is our responsibility as teachers to impart knowledge.

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

January – Self Examination and Things New


  • Self Examination
  • New Creature
  • New Song
  • New Man

Example Verses:

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

February – Love


  • For God so Loved (love in action)
  • Love Not… (world)
  • Love my commandments
  • Love one another

Example Verses:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

March – Morals

  • Stealing (things, time, value)
  • Lying (to God and others)
  • Corrupt communication
  • What is Sin and how does God see it

Example Verses:

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

April – Heroes of the Faith


  • Jesus
  • Abraham
  • Jonah
  • Job
  • Noah
  • Moses

Example Verses:

John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

May – Memorial/ Service


  • Memorial Day (greater love)
  • Christian Service
  • Memorials in the Bible (Marking where God has shown you something)
  • Setting the Example for others

Example Verses:

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Matthew 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

June – Fundamental Basic Doctrine


  • Salvation
  • Baptism
  • Lords Supper
  • Tithe
  • Missions
  • Faith
  • How to Pray

Example Verses:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

July – More Advanced Doctrine

(should be taught from a definition point)


  • What is prophecy and what makes it a prophecy
  • Virgin Birth
  • Rapture
  • Judgement Seat of Christ
  • Marriage Supper
  • 2nd Coming of Christ
  • Calvary

Example Verses:

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

August – Obedience


  • To God
  • To Parents
  • To Government
  • Servant/Master

Example Verses:

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

September – Character Traits

(fruits of the spirit) Taught from a positive point


  • Honesty
  • Good Testimony
  • Integrity (keeping your word)
  • Leadership
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Generosity
  • Patriotism
  • Citizenship
  • Personal responsibility

Example Verses:

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Philemon 1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

October – Harvest


  • Missions
  • Salvation
  • Doctrine and Mechanics of Giving
  • Witnessing
  • Testimony (You can reach those we cant)
  • Different Ministries Represented (Bring in a bus captain, Sunday school teacher, former pastor, missionary)

John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

November – How to be a Christian

(designed to take what has been taught so far and put it in action)


  • Reason for rules
  • Etiquette in Church
  • The House of God
  • Music, Television, Social Media
  • Thanksgiving
  • How to Pray

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

December – End of Year Wrap-up and Holiday Related


  • Birth of Christ
  • Wise men still seek Him
  • Tender time for witnessing
  • Good and perfect gift

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Any sermon you wanted to get to but didn’t have time…

  • Rebellion
  • Law vs. Faith
  • Mysteries in the Bible
  • Role of a pastor
  • Work ethic
  • Feeding the 5000
  • Having an Effect in this world
  • The Hand of God

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

  • When you are growing up you were given rules to provide boundaries to help establish behaviour. However as you get older, you begin to learn why.

Old Testament/ New Testament Law example

Romans 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

With that in mind… let’s talk about some Church etiquette

Have you ever gone to a library?

  • If there is a certain way you are to act at the library, why not church?

1 Timothy 3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

  • It is important to worship and to come to church, but it is also important how we worship and what we do at church.
  • Here are a few things to help you get more out of church and more out of God’s word.

Preparing for Worship.

Preparing for church is a key point to make sure that you get the most out of church.

  • The night before church.

Get things laid out the night before… so you are not rushed and aggravated in the morning.

Make sure your heart and mind is prepared and ready before you get to church.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

  • Find and Bring your Bible

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

  • Pray before the service

Pray for your Pastor and teachers – They have a big job.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

  • Come for the Right Reason (Leave the attitudes at home)

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.


Singing – A Fundamental part of worship

Psalms 98:4  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Prayer – The way we talk to God

  • Pray not play… one letter could mean eternity

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Creating a distraction

1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

  • There may be visitors in here that have never been to church before. They don’t know they ought to behave in the house of God… They are Watching YOU!

Think about those things that may be a distraction:

  • Putting your feet up on the chair or pew in front of you
  • Talking
  • Getting up and going to the bathroom
  • Cell phone

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

These little distractions are just what satan needs to keep someone who from getting saved…

Invitation – perhaps our most sacred time.

  • Pastors develop habits
  • Invitation is not the time to prepare to leave, it is the time you do business with God. – Distractions will keep others from doing so.

1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

The Jr. Church is there to help prepare children for the sanctuary service. It carries a huge weight and burden to build and maintain the activities of the children and the workers assisting in the goal. As such the leadership should have all the attributes of a Pastor:

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

As such he should have the authority to do the things needed, yes empowered by the church to do the things needed to operate and grow that ministry. So many churches just use the first volunteer that will raise their hand, but that places restrictions of that ministry’s ability to grow. Have someone not trained or not empowered or not paid will mean that what you don’t provide will be the limitation that the ministry has.

Frustrated Jr. Church teacher

Lack of training in Jr. Church

The man you place in charge of the Jr. Church will identify whether the church expects it to be a ministry or a baby sitting service. Even a small church who is serious about seeing children saved, discipled and prepared for the sanctuary service should invest in a qualified minister; or training to prepare a qualified volunteer.

This training should be covered by or through the church and the Pastor should be intimately involved in the Jr. Church until the volunteer is properly prepared to the point that the lack of training will not hinder the ministry.


I guest preached at a church where, at the end of the service, we offered an invitation. Directing the children to the director of the Jr. Church for salvation I noted that it was 20 min. and we had not seen him come out. I poked my head in the room to see kids that looked bored and a man flipping through pages of the Bible trying to remember what verses he should read.

Afterwards I queried to him to determine that he never really gave the kids an opportunity to make a decision to get saved before… he simply used some papers he found in the internet to occupy the kids till the main service was over.

Lack of resources

I have seen church after church place burdens on the Jr. Church director because the Pastor of the church doesn’t feel that children are worth providing resources for. The Jr. Church should have an operating budget that reflects the size of the program and the potential it has to grow. This includes a salary for the director or Jr. Church Pastor (whichever your church has or uses), monies for proper equipment, incentives, Bibles, songbooks and more.

Remember that a proper Jr. Church is not a baby sitting service, it needs to be set-up and function as close to the sanctuary service as you can; yet geared to the level of the children. This means to make sure that the same resources that the sanctuary service has the Jr. Church has as well.

Depending on the size of your Jr. Church you are going to need workers or helpers. These helpers should be volunteers that feel that God could use them in the Jr. Church for the stated purpose  of preparing kids for the sanctuary. With that here are some guidelines to assist with worker selection.

  • Jr Church workers should be volunteers – Those appointed people will not, at times, give it their 100% efforts.

  • Your workers are there to assist, not to disturb the ministry.

  • Workers need to be interviewed and accepted. I have seen too many Jr. Church workers that are there to have a reason NOT to be in the sanctuary service.

  • Teenagers are not the best choice for workers. They might be pliable and obey but lack the authority needed to help in Jr. Church. If your Church is in need of using Teens for the Jr. Church, make sure to choose wisely.

  • Workers are there to assist, not disturb. Have their movements be subtile and not distract from the preaching service.

  • During prayer, workers should not bow and close their eyes to pray. The need to be watching and looking for those children who exhibit behavior signs that may cause trouble.

The Enforcer

Depending on the size of your Jr. Church group you should have an enforcer. This is the one person who shows an increased level of discipline with the group. This person helps to keep the speaker focus on the sermon without spending time on or being distracted by unruly children.

A note to the leadership: There is only so much responsibility that can be placed on volunteers. Most Jr. Church workers are untrained and unpaid; taking liberty to overly chastise workers is an inappropriate use of position. You should rather assist and guide them to help you prepare children for the sanctuary service.

Cycled Learning

Cycled learning is a pre-established series of lessons and/or sermons meant to cover and recover the fundamentals of the faith and obedience. This can be done, over the course of 1 year 3-3 times. Naturally the lesson examples or sermon presentation can be different, but the fundamental list should remain the same.

Fundamentals of faith and obedience

The Fundamentals of faith and obedience should cover a variety of topics that deal with Biblical principles and behavioral expectations.

1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Fundamentals of faith

  • Salvation

  • Assurance

  • The Bible – Who wrote it and why

  • Prayer – How to talk to God

  • Faith – what is it and how it works

  • Giving –

  • Heroes of the faith – can and should be used as examples of the fundamentals in action.

  • The Church

  • The Pastor and His role

  • Baptism

  • Events and divisions – Old/New Testament, Church, tribulation, rapture, ect.


Having a basic and developing understanding of obedience will create a child who will appreciate the order that God has established. It helps to stiffen rebellious mindsets when they recognize that God has established this order to protect and direct those to the position of leadership.

God, Parents, Those appointed above you, elders, governments, ect. are all areas that a child should learn obedience to. To know that there is a pattern of growth and understanding that will be moved forward through obedience; will create building blocks to proper development.

Training Obedience does not create Robots

After Vietnam, the military began a systematic training program that, laced within all the other programs; a mindset that a soldier needed to be able to question authority. This was accomplished by creating a better understanding of the purpose and use of the chain of command.

This retraining gave troops a greater confidence in the chain of command and the order and purpose of orders and directives, rather than blind obedience. The end result was a fighting force that was taught to think of the total mission objective rather than simple directed submission. Communication increased with a more open understanding within the leadership as well.

If you reflect on Biblical history, every failure of God’s people was due to disobedience. Every age and dispensation failed be a people that thought more of themselves than God’s directives. God understands that, as a child, there are different levels of learning and understanding. Through obedience a child will learn, progressively, the importance and rewards that being faithful and obedient to God will provide.


The ages for Jr. Church is a very important consideration as it will have an impact on the effectiveness of the program. This is also where many Churches suffer because of a lack of trained volunteers or Pastors willing to serve in this capacity.

3 Ideal Ages

4 to 8 – This age is where a child is moving from a nursery experience to one of sitting still and a basic understanding of Church.

8 to 12  – This age is where a child practices those things learned and begins to experience a closer sanctuary experience.

13 to 17 – This is an opportunity to practice those things learned previously and starts to understand why.

3 Stages

Each stage builds off the success of the other and each has their purpose. The leadership of each age group should meet regularly to fulfill a preset plan of development so that a child is well prepared for a sanctuary service.

Stage 1 – Stage 1 is indeed a challenge. You need a man willing to deal with kids that are still learning to behave, obey and understand direction. You should have one volunteer per 3-5 kids, if possible, because there will be several bathroom breaks, activities and issues to deal with. The lessons should be interactive; addressing the fundamentals of faith and obedience, by definition.

Stage 2 – Stage 2 is where you are “hopefully” receiving a group of kids that have been taught to behave, obey and sit still. You will need a man that is apt to preach and teach, as well as, a mindset to counseling techniques. This age group will begin to deal with social pressures that may need to be addressed from the pulpit or in a counseling session.

The lessons should be informative; addressing the fundamentals of faith and obedience, in practice.

Stage 3 – Stage 3 is where you get to put into place the lessons learned in the previous 2 stages. This is usually the man who is in charge of the Jr. Church program (but it doesn’t need to be). He should, have the all the attributes of the Pastor as, depending on the size, he can easily have 30 or more people in the service that will require follow-up, outside ministering and development of the membership.  The sermons should be probative ; addressing the fundamentals of faith and obedience, in understanding.

What to do with kids who do not come up through these stages.

Every church deals with the continual influx of people who come in at a certain age, missing part of these fundamentals; even adults. Much of the Modern Church Movements are trying to work with a generation that never learned the fundamentals of faith, so they just ignore them. This is a dangerous pattern to establish.

Each stage should have a few workers trained to deal with those who come into the church without the previous foundational elements. Do not make the assumption that they will just “pick up on them as they go along”. This will establish poor habits and create a fragmented picture of understanding as they continue. To help with this you might use a pattern of “cycled learning”.

Children are pliable, moldable vessels. The messages directed to them must be mindful that they can be easily influenced. It is important when preparing messages and when interacting to note that in a larger Jr. Church setting you are going to have great diversity within the group. This includes: ages, family incomes, education levels, attitudes, social and chemical influences. In this mix you are going to find 2 main groups:

Church kids – Church kids are those children where the parents faithfully attend church. These children are “usually” behaved or at least would have an avenue of discipline if the child

Bus Kids – Bus kids are any children brought to church and the parent is not attending Church. This includes kids brought by a bus, neighbor, friend or dropped off by a parent.

Ministry example of understanding diversity and experience

My wife and I were having a children’s choir practice where we were picking kids up (bus kids) and including them in activities normally reserved for Church kids. We began to practice the song “thank you Lord” when we came to the part “food on my table and shoes on my feet…” one of the young girls (8-9 year old) began to hopelessly cry.

We changed to a different song and she seemed fine, but when we revisited that song she began to cry again. Asking my wife to take her aside, she learned that that child had not eaten in 2 days and her last meal was peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In that group of kids, in a prosperous town, in our very own congregation was a child, who could not thank the Lord for the food on her table.

When preparing messages to speak to such a diverse crowd, be careful not to assume that every child comes from a good background…

Chemical Issues

Behavioral modification drugs are being used in schools today on a grand scale. These drugs are designed to keep students at a nominal level of activity to help control emotional fluxuations promoting stability. In many circumstances these drugs are administered at the public school throughout the week leaving the children dealing with a level of withdrawl over the weekend.

By church time on Sunday the children are dealing with emotions that they have not leaned to control. This may result in outbursts, disobedience, lethargy, rage and more. It is important to make this acknowledgement because often when this mis-behavior comes out it not generally within their control.

As much as possible the Jr. Church should set-up to resemble the sanctuary service. This includes all the main furniture.


Chairs should be set-up to accomplish 2 main things

  1. They should resemble the rows and spacing that they will find in the sanctuary service. If your Jr. Church has pews, the same applies.
  2. Isles are important to allow for freedom of movement for both the speaker and the workers. Depending of the size of your Jr. Church you should have no more that 5 seats between isles (we will cover more of the why later)


When possible, the pulpit should resemble a pulpit found in the Sanctuary service. Naturally it doesn’t need to look exactly like it but, kids should be able to see your Jr. Church service as a Holy, set-apart and sanctified place to worship.


When ask about communion I answer this: too risky. A Bible Believing church will know that according to 1 Corinthians there is a warning to those who would partake of the Lord’s supper unworthily.

1 Corinthians 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

In this arena I would prepare them as to what will happen, but as to allowing children to partake outside of the sanctuary service… I wouldn’t.  


Baptism is a fundamental of the faith and should be observed, in the sanctuary service. When a child in the Jr. Church program identifies that they have accepted Christ, an appointment should be set with the child’s parent to discuss what has happened and what to expect. (see below) Once the parent grants their permission, schedule a time to have the child brought at the end of the sanctuary service for baptism.

If there are regular professions of faith then try to get them all scheduled on the same day, perhaps once a month. When feasible, bring in the Jr. Church kids to observe this fundamental of faith in practice.

With the proper mindset of the Jr. Church, as a way to prepare a child for the Sanctuary service; music should reflect that preparation. Depending on the ages of the children there may be “Bible songs” that can and should be mixed in but, the main songs sung should be the same songs sung in the Sanctuary service.

A Pastoral Observation

A mention must be made here as to the type of music that the Sanctuary service uses for their worship. It is my belief that part of the reasons why many churches have moved to modern methods of worship using rock and pop style music is that children were not taught to love the old hymns of the faith in Jr. Church. Kids. Now, young adults, they are having a culture shock when the move from a Jr. Church program that only sings kids Bible songs and go into a more somber Sanctuary service with traditional worship. This disconnect means they might begin to seek out churches that provide an “experience” rather than worshiping God in the order and manner He desires.

One of the things we began to see happening, young in our ministry, after kids were getting saved in our programs; parents would call into the church, furious. We finally received an opportunity to speak with one of the upset parents and found what was happening. After a child received Christ they had a burden for their parents. The child was going home, telling their parents that they received Christ and that they should too.

Now depending on the leading of the Holy Spirit this can turn out good or bad; but moreover the kids were going farther. These children were identifying their parents sin to them. These children were boldly telling their parents that the smoking, cussing, lying and more; that they rightly learned in church was bad. Effectively judging their parents for their sin.

Most parents don’t take well to an 9 year old telling them what they are doing is wrong. The tragedy of this was the parents refused to allow the child return and we lost an opportunity to witness to the child’s parent(s).

This is when we learned that there were 2 conversations that needed to take place when a child accepts Christ. The first would be with the Child, to use restraint when speaking to his parents and siblings.  The second was with the parents. To explain what happened and what to expect. If nothing else this will give you the opportunity to accept Christ as well. There have been many great days after that revelation where we saw parents coming to church after that opportunity.