Hello CWC Families!
The CWC Family Ministry team has an exciting announcement to share with you! In August, we
are shifting our CWC Kid’s Sunday morning format. Starting Sunday, August 7th, and all the
Sundays after, elementary aged kids (Grades 1st-5th) will join the Gathering during praise &
worship and communion. This means that if you have an elementary aged child, you will get to
worship together as a family every week! Elementary aged kids will be a part of the Gathering
for praise & worship singing and be present for communion. Once communion has concluded an
announcement will be made for all elementary aged kids to be dismissed to CWC Kids for a time
of scripture teaching and small group discussion with Jesus loving adults.
I’m sure you have some questions about this shift, with the biggest one probably being, “Why?”
We hope this letter, video community moments, ongoing conversations and our parent training
opportunities will help answer this question more fully in the days to come.
So, why are we making this shift?
First and foremost, families worshipping together is a high value for us at CWC. We see
throughout scripture the inclusion of children in daily worship. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses gathers
the people of Israel and instructs parents to teach their children to obey the LORD and to love the
LORD. Worshipping as a family allows parents to show their children how to glorify and love
God by giving Him praise. In Ezra 10:1, we see that children are present when Ezra is praying
and weeping to the LORD. In Mark 10:13-16 people are bringing children to Jesus. He
welcomes them and uses them to illustrate what it means to belong to God’s Kingdom. Scripture
highlights the importance of children being a part of the worship of God.
We also believe that when families worship together it develops patterns and habits for children
at a young age. A staggering number of teenagers leave the church when they graduate high
school. There are a lot of reasons why. Buy, developing healthy patterns young and showing our
kids the importance of worshipping as the whole body of Christ (which includes them when they
profess faith in Jesus!) sets them up for a seamless faith as they grow older.
Finally, worshipping together as a family allows you, the parent, to train up your child in the way
of the LORD. It provides a springboard into Jesus conversations over lunch or in the car ride
home. It allows you to have conversations on the why and how of worship; setting an example of
the importance of worship as a family.
We understand that this shift might be challenging for some families and that is why the CWC
Family Ministry team is here to walk with you, equip you, and pray for you. If you have specific
questions about this shift, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are excited about the fruit
that can result as we intentionally make the shift to provide weekly opportunities for family
Shannon Waterbury & Philip Vivirito