Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship

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InterVarsity Press, Nov 14, 2012 - Religion - 154 pages
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"Daddy, I'd like you to meet my children." That's Robbie Castleman's attitude about taking her children to church. She believes that Sunday morning isn't a success if she has only managed to keep the kids quiet. And she knows there's more to church for kids than trying out their new coloring books. Children are at church for the same reason as their parents: for the privilege of worshiping God. Worship, Castleman writes, is "the most important thing you can ever train your child to do." So with infectious passion, nitty-gritty advice and a touch of humor, she shows you how to help your children (from toddlers to teenagers) enter into worship. In this significantly revised and updated edition Castleman includes a new preface and two new appendices that provide new perspectives on children's sermon and intergenerational community. She also provides a study guide for personal reflection or group discussion. More than ever, Parenting in the Pew is essential reading for parents and worship leaders who want to help children make joyful noises unto the Lord.


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User Review  - SDWets - LibraryThing

Got this as a gift from TNPC while we lived there on Recruiting Duty. Read this on Sunday mornings during the winter of 2020-2021. This book was especially helpful during COVID-19 when nurseries were ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the conversational style of the book. As a pastor's wife who is frequently alone with active boys in the pew, I appreciated the advice from another pastor's wife. I want my children to learn ... Read full review


Foreword by Ruth Bell Graham
Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition
Daddy Id Like You to Meet My Children
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Praise and Puppies
Sunday Morning Starts on Saturday Night
Counting Bricks or Encountering God
Make aJoyful Noise
Prayer Confession and Canned Goods
Just How Long Was That Sermon?
Saving Up for Something Special
The Holy Hug
Thank You
Discussion Questions and Reflections
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Robbie F. Castleman (D.Min., University of Dubuque) is professor of biblical studies and theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She previously served for several years as a staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, specializing in ministry to graduate students at campuses in and around Tallahassee, Florida. She is the author of the Fisherman Bible Guides Miracles, Elijah, David and King David (Shaw/Waterbrook) and the IVP Connect LifeGuide Bible Study Peter, and she is a contributor to the book For All the Saints (Knox/Westminster).

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