CHURCH SPENDS $400,000 TO ENTERTAIN CHILDREN 04/07/2010


by Moody Adams

Sunset Christian Center in Rocklin, has spent $400,000 on their children’s ministry church. “They play in a giant activity area, which includes everything from Wii games to basketball to air hockey to more video games,” reports Buzz up!, by Jennifer Garza. “"This isn't what people think of when they think of traditional Sunday school," said Tiffany Saathoff, children's pastor. "We want to make church exciting for them."

At this church, first through fourth-graders enter through a pirate ship to get to their classrooms, a complex called "The Cove." Fifth- and sixth-graders walk under a ski lift to enter their Tahoe forest-themed classroom.

Once inside, they play in a giant activity area, which includes everything from Wii games to basketball to air hockey to more video games. (Kids can also play in a quiet area.)

Afterward, the children go to their own auditorium for a worship service targeted for their age group. There, a large video screen flashes the words to songs.

"Lots of churches are interested because it's a way they can get these kids – and their parents to church," said Debbie Quick, owner of Quick Construction in Roseville.

The question is what is the church’s objective; to get children to come to church or come to Jesus? Periodic functions of entertainment to attract unsaved children can prehaps help. But to give Christian children an every-Sunday-diet of this is questionable.


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