Faith in God is meant to be a family affair. The Israelites in Deuteronomy were instructed to diligently teach their children the ways of the Lord, and that stands true today. Jesus blessed children and taught that faith like a child was necessary to enter the kingdom of heaven. So we encourage and equip one another to grow together in faith as a family.
As children’s leaders and ministers, we long for the children in our care to “delight in Him”; to genuinely enjoy the God who made them, saved them and walks with them. And yet too often this ends up last on our list, almost like an afterthought–we’ll get around to if we have time, like tidying out our supply closets!
There is something about church that seems to invite misbehavior and a lot of "joyful noise" from the little bundles of rocket-powered energy (aka kids). However, the momentary disruption children cause is, in the grand scheme of life, not a big deal. They may be distracting at times, but they’re our next generation of believers, so let's give them room to grow into that role. It’s more important for kids to see their parents involved in spiritual things – kids learn a lot through observation – than for us to have a noise-free, distraction-free, child-free church experience.
The dinner table has an amazing power to keep the family grounded, connected and centered around what matters most. Perhaps adding a Shabbat meal at least once a quarter or even once a month will make a big difference for you and your children as you gather around the table to enjoy each other's company, reflect on all that God has done and provided for you, and give thanks for the blessings in your lives.