I'm convinced families form faith identity for young people more than any "experience."
I've been teaching Children's Ministry for more than 20 years - and believe my role as Professor of Old Testament in many ways extends that reality - as Jewish Scripture is rooted in generational faith.
I could say so much more - but I'll instead offer a couple of links that have piqued my notes on this tonight:
One: John Westerhoff has been correct (in my opinion) since 1976. I met him in the early 1990's and have advocated for his enculturation model since then. A single link to some of his core ideas here.
Two: This link on a Mennonite Congregation no longer having (so-called) Children's Church.
Third: Reflections from my life about how the Church nurtured my faith, "I am a Christian because multiple people nurtured me in my childhood Church of the Nazarene."