I love the below quote by Nancy Campbell, and I completely agree with her points--especially how in Scripture, we see multiple times how groups of mothers, fathers, children, etc. were addressed together, not separately. And also, how foolishness is bound in the heart of a child! It does not take long for children to get into foolishness when you group them together. Christian men of old like J.C. Ryle warned about the youths gathering together in their groups on the Lord's Day, separating themselves from their parents. When I find the quote, I will have to post it here.
Our public education system separates children into their age groups. Our church Sunday schools also separate children into their ages. However, this is not a biblical pattern.
When God wanted to speak to His people, or when God’s law was to be read to the people, everyone came. Moms and dads and all the children, even the nursing babies.
Here’s an example from 2 Chronicles 20:13: "And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children."
Include your children in your walk with God. Don't send them off to be influenced by the peers of their age group. Grow in God together as a family. Read God’s Word together. Pray together. Work together and play together.
Proverbs 22:15 says, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child." When you put a lot of children of the same age together, you have multiplied foolishness!
God intends us to follow Him as “families,” not in separated age groups. This makes strong families for God; and when we have multiplied strong families, the nation will be strong.
Blessings from Nancy Campbell
Check out this post: http://bit.ly/ShouldChildrenBeInChurch