As children were part and parcel of worship services from the beginning (Ephesians 6:1-4) we must bring children to church and guide them to worship God and nurture in them the feeling that they are in their Father’s House. The best way for parents to teach children a Christian faith is to bring them to all church services and to teach them by behaving in a Christian way and attending all the Church’s commandments during and after services. Jesus’s message to Christians is clear when He said "Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:13-15) - bring your Children to Me, bring them to Church, baptize them, have them commune the Holy Mysteries, bring them in your arms while they are still infants, that they might with their simple five senses assimilate the beauty of the Father's House: the holiness of the icons, the piety of the chanting, the sweet smell of incense, the taste of the prosphora, the prayerful silence of the congregation and the presence of familiar faces all gathered in communal prayer. So as parents and Christians we all are obliged to bring our children to Church and nurture their love for God.
For some families attending weekly church congregations is not an easy decision - some try to avoid the hassles of dealing with their own young kids and others grumped for their precious worship time being ruined by squirmy and noisy children. However, both parents and children can fully explore Christian faith and reap the rewards of serving God mainly by being part of a church community. Whereas teaching children how to behave in Church is part of the Orthodox Christian upbringing, undisruptive children movements and singings are generally part of the Orthodox worship services.
The main task of Children Committee is to ensure that children of Ethiopian origin in Greater Vancouver area are actively engaged in and support the spiritual activities of the church. The committee is responsible for planning, promoting and executing effective children's ministries. Together with the parents it develops biblical curriculum, organizes children ministries and activities, selects and trains teachers, searches for alternative financial sources and evaluates achievements and goals. It encourages and attempts to involve all parents in one or more of children ministry programs and ensures that the required facilities and materials are timely secured.
Mark 9:30 –37
“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”