11. Describe your preferred practice regarding children’s sermons in the worship service.
Answer: I take the instruction of children in the Christian Faith very seriously (See Matthew 19:14). However, I do not believe it is necessary to interrupt the Divine Service for a “special” message for children, as if the rest of the service was not intended for them. Catechetical instruction is best conducted in the home by parents (See Deuteronomy 6:7; See also Ephesians 6:4). Where there is a strong desire to provide a special time of instruction for children on Sunday morning, I would recommend using the Sunday School opening. This can be a good forum for reinforcing the themes of the particular day in terms that young children can understand. Otherwise, I would encourage parents to teach their children how to pay attention to the Word of God when it is read in the Scripture readings and explained in the Sermon.
Synodically conditioned answer (if I want to get a Call somewhere): Children’s sermons are a wonderful way to show the children that their role in the Church is important. Often times parents get more out of the “children’s sermon” than the children. I am not opposed to children’s sermons. The Bible is silent on this matter, so we are free to do what we want.