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Is my child ready for communion?

Is my child ready for communion?

One of the responsibilities of sessions is determining whether a non-communing child is now ready to receive the Lord’s Supper. Over the years, it has become the custom in many Reformed churches, even Old School Presbyterian ones, to assume that member children will...
Surviving Adolescence

Surviving Adolescence

This Friday and Saturday, Pastor McShaffrey will be leading group discussions at the annual Youth Retreat for Covenant OPC in Orland Park, IL. His messages will focus on surviving adolescence through two means: (1) Imitation of Good Examples and (2) Meditation on...
Thoughts for Young Men

Thoughts for Young Men

While “Thoughts for Young Men” by Bishop J.C. Ryle was written over a century ago, its truths are timeless and therefore must be shared afresh with our generation. The enemy of our souls has been studying the weaknesses of men since the beginning of time...
The Fear of Man

The Fear of Man

“The fear of man” will indeed “prove to be a snare” (Proverbs 29:25). It is terrible to observe the power which it has over most minds, and especially over the minds of the young. Few seem to have any opinions of their own, or to think for...
Church Essay Contest

Church Essay Contest

On April 4, 2015 an OP-ED column by Nicholas Kristof entitled “The Trader Who Donates Half His Pay” was published in The New York Times which recommends a secular approach to charitable giving. The deacons invite the young adults of our church to write a Christian...
Music & Theology Discipleship

Music & Theology Discipleship

Based on Psalm 47:7, this class is being offered to enable our children to become worshipers by educating them in theology and encouraging them to express their knowledge joyfully through song. Here is the plan: On Sundays at 2:00 PM, the children will assemble in the...