This isn’t just a break, though: it’s a great opportunity to help a child grow as a worshiper of God in the context of our corporate worship service. Here are a few resources you might use to enhance your child(ren)’s worship experience:
Worship Notebooks – Consider continuing this practice started in Children’s Worship. Create a special notebook for your child to write or draw what s/he is picking up on in the service. Parents can often help with this. Writing down words/phrases and drawing pictures together of the content of the sermon is often a good way to help a child catch what’s being talked about. There are lots of different ways to go about it. Worship Notebooks that were used in Children’s Worship are available for pick-up at the display table in the Atrium.
Upcoming week’s bulletin – The bulletin for the upcoming Sunday is posted on Knox’s website each Thursday. To access the bulletin: click on the upcoming “Knox Summer Worship Service” in the Knox Calendar. Go over the songs and scriptures with your child/ren as a way of helping them be prepared for our time of worship together.
Start Saturday – Begin on Saturday anticipating going to church as a family – Karen Mains has some great suggestions about this in her book Making Sunday Special. You can make it as simple as talking enthusiastically about getting to be with God’s people tomorrow or more involved with special food and activities reserved for Sundays. Either way, protecting time on Saturday so as to be prepared for Sunday can be very helpful to children.
Let him/her in on your worship – As a song or scripture or point in the sermon speaks to you, share this with your child. You can either lean over right then and whisper your thought (i.e.”Isn’t that wonderful news that Jesus is perfect so we don’t have to be?”), write a note to that effect, or wait to share such a thought in the car on the way home. Sharing with our children what it is we respond to and how it is we are drawn into worship of God helps them get a picture of what it looks like in real life.
Seats in front – Sit towards the front as much as possible – this can help children see and attend better to what’s happening within the service.
What an awesome thing it is that there is no age requirement to worship the Living God! May your child be blessed as s/he enters more fully into to the corporate life of the body this summer.