It’s a wonderful time for the new babies to 2 years of age. Having been the leader in Cradle Roll A for a number of years, I speak from experience and observation. A child is never too young to bring to Sabbath School! Even though the child doesn’t participate until they are a few months old, the child hears the songs and learns a routine. I feel it is very important to help the child learn by repetition. I can tell the difference in the behavior of the child who has been in Sabbath School weekly versus the child who has been brought to Sabbath School occasionally. The child doesn’t know what to do if they are not brought regularly. But the child who is brought regularly learns the routine and learns the songs and sits anticipating the next action. Jesus is ever brought forward in our programs. It is a thrill to see the children take their first steps and say their first words. This often occurs in our Sabbath School.
Right now our program is about the ocean and the animals that live in the ocean. We always emphasize that Jesus made them and loves and cares for them and the children. And we can enjoy the things that Jesus made.
If you have never been to our Sabbath School, take time to visit. We also could use your help if you are willing. If you have a child that is within the age of our division and have never had them in Sabbath School, it is not too late to bring them. Start now and bring them to Sabbath School and speak daily of Jesus with them in your home and pray with them. Then the child will grow up knowing Jesus and will be able to learn of Jesus’ love for them.
Patriarchs and Prophets "Abraham In Canaan" and pages 143 - 144 has a powerful message for parents. Take time to read at least the last 6 paragraphs of the chapter (but the whole chapter is wonderful.) Here are a few quotes from them.
"Religious parents, failing to walk in His statutes, do not command their household to keep the way of the Lord. The law of God is not made the rule of life. The children, as they make homes of their own, feel under no obligation to teach their children what they themselves have never been taught. And this is why there are so many godless families; this is why depravity is so deep and widespread.“
“Not until parents themselves walk in the law of the Lord with perfect hearts will they be prepared to command their children after them.”
In too many households prayer is neglected. Parents feel that they have no time for morning and evening worship. They cannot spare a few moments to be spent in thanksgiving to God for His abundant mercies. Like the patriarchs of old, those who profess to love God should erect an altar to the Lord wherever they pitch their tent. From every Christian home a holy light should shine forth. Love should be revealed in action. It should flow out in all home intercourse, showing itself in thoughtful kindness, in gentle, unselfish courtesy.”
A well-ordered Christian household is a powerful argument in favor of the reality of the Christian religion - an argument that the infidel cannot gainsay. All can see that there is an influence at work in the family that affects the children, and that the God of Abraham is with them. If the homes of professed Christians had a right religious mold, they would exert a mighty influence for good. They would indeed be the ‘light of the world.’ The God of heaven speaks to every faithful parent in the words addressed to Abraham: ‘I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.’ "
Why not start now. Start with that newborn or that very small child. Bring them to Sabbath School where they can learn more of Jesus love. We love having them there.