In the United Methodist Church, children, birth to 12 years or 6th grade, are being nurtured and prepared in the Christian faith. Some children may begin their Christian faith journey as a small child after baptism. The Christian journey introduces children to God, God’s ways, God’s commands and God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. Children should also be taught to pray as well as to study Bible stories with the focus of applying the Bible to their daily lives. During this preparatory period, children are busy learning and experiencing the Christian faith especially through the model of their parents, Christian teachers and safe adults along with their home and church environments. Children become full members through the youth confirmation process at the age of 12 or 6th grade. It is the responsibility of the church and parents to prepare children for the youth confirmation process whereby children will make their profession of faith in Jesus Christ. If children are not guided and taught God’s right path, they may more likely choose the ways and lifestyles of the culture and the world.
Parents and the church must intentionally accept this assignment and prayerfully fulfill the responsibility of guiding children from birth to their profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) tells us: “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.”
How is the Christian home environment different from other homes? (Think about the music, activities and structure of the Christian home.)
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