Hi LEFC families.
I thought you'd want to know that this Sunday is a Family Worship Sunday, a time for the whole family to experience church service together. I hope you'll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience the inter-generational worship with your children.
As always, we will be providing ministry and care for the children ages birth through 2. Busy Bags will be available for children ages 3 through 3rd grade as they enter the auditorium.
I do want to encourage you to put some thought into helping your children get the most out of this unique experience. Here are a few suggestions.
BEFORE THE SERVICE
- On Saturday find a few minutes to discuss some of these questions:
- What is church?
- Why is church a big deal?
- Why does our family go to church every week?
- What do you like about our church?
- What is something that you don't like about our church?
- What is something you don't understand about what's happening during the service?
- Explain what going to church means personally to you. You might also want to share some of the church going experiences from your own childhood.
- Train your children how to fight distractions and stay focused during the time of worship.
- Ask them why they think we sing songs in church. Encourage them to think about the words on the screen and put their whole being into singing.
- Ask them why we pass the offering bowl, and talk about Christian life being a joyful offering to God.
- Explain that while in church we worship God with our lips (singing), ears (listening), hands (giving). Ask if your children will want to put any of their own money into the offering plate.
- Compare listening to a sermon to a treasure hunt. Teach them how to look for the gems of truth.
- If your child likes to doodle, bring a notepad and a pen and encourage them to draw the sermon as they hear it. If your child likes to write, teach them how to take notes and how to look for truths that apply to their lives.
- Encourage them to bring their own Bible and follow along with the sermon.
DURING THE SERVICE
- Lead by example: listen and worship with your whole being. Your children WILL be watching you.
AFTER THE SERVICE
- After the service, give each family member a chance to share how they feel God spoke to them personally during the service and what is one thing they can start putting into practice immediately.
CHILDREN AND COMMUNION
Sometimes, during a Family Worship Sunday, we share in the Lord's Supper. Now when it comes to communion, some parents feel clueless as to how to tell if their children are ready for this big step. Many parents also wonder what they can do to prepare them for this sacrament.
I created this video to share with you a few practical insights. Hopefully they will be helpful to you as you plan on discussing the subject of communion with your children.
- Relax. No really, relax and let your kids be kids. LEFC welcomes them just as they are–little bundles of rocket-powered, noise-making energy.
“…children cry, they are noisy, they don’t stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see a child crying in church and someone says they must go out. God’s voice is in a child’s tears: they must never be kicked out of church.”
P.S. Check out this excellent article for more inspiration and practical tips.
Joining you in training fervent followers of Christ,
LEFC KidMin Pastor