CWC Family Letter

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

worship!


With Blessings,

Shannon Waterbury & Philip Vivirito

Practical Tips For At Home Family Worship

  • Find the best time: try different times of the day and see what works for your family. Every family is different

  • Meet at the same time: don’t be rigid, but do have a consistent and routine time so that your family will know it's time to gather. Put it on your schedule and set reminders

  • Meet in the same place: build consistency by meeting in the same space every time. 

  • Start Slow and Build: build a habit overtime. Don’t rush into this with zeal. Read a small portion of scripture, pray a short prayer, and listen to one worship song (or sing!) 

  • Brief is better: figure out the best length of time for your family. Quality time over quantity of time. The length of time of your family worship is not a commentary on your family’s maturity in faith. 

  • Prioritize: Don’t allow other activities to replace family worship. 

  • Flexibility is Key: there will be days when it just doesn’t work. Don’t feel defeated. If you need to change days, times, meeting spaces, do it. 

  • Model the right attitude

  • Find what works and stick to it!

Three Main Components of Family Worship

  • Worship (listening to songs/singing songs) 

    Psalm 98:4: Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!


  • Prayer

    1 Thessalonians 5:17-18: Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


  • Bible Reading

    2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness


    PRACTICAL TIPS

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