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Our Children Are Great Parents but Have No Interest in Church

Question:

Although we raised both our children in a Christian home, they have chosen not to continue their church attendance. They live several states away. They have strong families-spouses and love their children incredibly. I realize that God has blessed our grandkids with their parents, and I want to support/respect their roles as parents while being a lifelong, intentional, loving-to-the-moon-and-back, Christian, long-distance grandma. Any suggestions?

Response:

Start with prayer for your children and grandchildren, and submit your requests to God for His work on their hearts, minds, and souls. Thank Him for the ways He has blessed your children and grandchildren.

You mention that your children have not continued their church attendance. While being in fellowship with other believers and worshipping God is an important part of the Christian life, and despite the fact that I believe that being a part of a Biblically-based church that encourages spiritual growth and development is vitally important, many believers do not attend church.

You might want to ask your kids about their faith. Is it alive and well, despite not attending church, or are they struggling? You can encourage your children and grandchildren by letting them see your faith in action and responding to them with love, empathy, and compassion.

Communicate with them often and take an interest in their lives and passions. Ask your children if you can provide your grandchildren with fun, Christian resources such as the Adventures in Odyssey radio programs or Clubhouse Junior and Clubhouse magazines, both available from Focus on the Family. If so, do so and if not, respect their wishes.

Remember that the joy of a faith-filled, loving grandmother is infectious! Share that with your family and continue to pray for them.

4 thoughts on “Our Children Are Great Parents but Have No Interest in Church”

  1. My 2 children were not brought up in a Christian home because both my husband and I became Christians after they were married and gone. It is very hard to talk to family about God. My daughter doesn’t want to hear it, but my son will listen and will give his opinion and argue. And that’s where we stand with them now.
    Mary

  2. DeeAnn M Bartkey

    Three out of four of my adult children do not attend Church either. They were all raised in a Christian home. Now I have one daughter that says she is agnostic, another says she is atheist, and my son and his fiance don’t say what they believe but they don’t attend any Church and they do not want Church wedding. My eldest daughter loves Jesus and attends Church and is living her faith and teaching my grandson to love Jesus as well. I agree with Joannie when she says to pray for your Children. I have found that praying is all I can do but I do know that our Father in heaven listens to each one of our prayers and he will answer all of us in His time. Blessings!

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