How can we help our children engage in worship?

Preparation for worship can begin at home. Pastor Jeff usually sends a Pastor’s Notes email each Saturday morning which refers to the sermon topic and passage for Sunday’s sermon (you can sign up to receive that email (Click here to sign up for Pastor’s Notes now). Read the Bible passage the pastor will be preaching on and guess what the pastor might say. Talk about what words you could listen for. Ask your child to squeeze your hand when they hear those words. Create and design your own offering envelopes, insert the children’s offering, and bring them to church to put in the offering plate.

In the worship service, sit near the front so the children can see what is going on. Be a “church whisperer,” talking quietly with your children to help them identify what is happening in the service. During the congregational prayer, ask your child to write or draw one or two people or events that are prayed for. After church, talk about those people or events and use them to guide your family prayer during the coming week. Divide a sheet of paper into four sections and ask your child to draw something they see and hear during the sermon in each part. After church, talk about it together.

You can download more ideas in Ten Ways to Engage Kids in Worship.
This article was adapted from the column Faith Formation in the Banner magazine February 18, 2018.