I have a 22 month-old daughter. She generally sits with us in worship. And amidst her snacks, sippy cups, crayons, books, stuffed animals and Elmo doll, she is participating in the community’s worship – she is worshipping. She stands, she sits, she watches curiously/attentively as pastor raises the bread and cup, she comes forward for a blessing at the communion table, she hears the Word, the prayers, the hymns – she even sings and says "Amen" at the end of prayers.
When we were leaving church the other day, she said (unprompted) "Bye bye Amens." Amens. That’s what she calls church. By woshipping with us, Talitha is learning and living the language of faith, and we love it.