Family Worship Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to experience the inter-generational worship with your children. Here are some tips to make the most of this sacred time.
As children’s leaders and ministers, we long for the children in our care to “delight in Him”; to genuinely enjoy the God who made them, saved them and walks with them. And yet too often this ends up last on our list, almost like an afterthought–we’ll get around to if we have time, like tidying out our supply closets!
There is something about church that seems to invite misbehavior and a lot of "joyful noise" from the little bundles of rocket-powered energy (aka kids). However, the momentary disruption children cause is, in the grand scheme of life, not a big deal. They may be distracting at times, but they’re our next generation of believers, so let's give them room to grow into that role. It’s more important for kids to see their parents involved in spiritual things – kids learn a lot through observation – than for us to have a noise-free, distraction-free, child-free church experience.
The dinner table has an amazing power to keep the family grounded, connected and centered around what matters most. Perhaps adding a Shabbat meal at least once a quarter or even once a month will make a big difference for you and your children as you gather around the table to enjoy each other's company, reflect on all that God has done and provided for you, and give thanks for the blessings in your lives.
Your students won’t ever tell you this, but like all human beings, they long to be known. They desperately want to feel that they and their life stories matter. That’s why it’s so important that you take every chance you get to enter into their world and explore it as if it were a treasure island.
Here are 12 small actions you can take to make sure that no child feels invisible and insignificant while they’re in your care.