How to Encourage Your Kids in Worship by Angela Richter

I am happy to have Angela Richter from Together with Family. I enjoy her blog and her Christian parenting advice.
 
 
We live in a time where all ages seem to do church separately.   In many churches today we have adults in the main service and children and youth in their own service. The problem many are seeing is once the youth get to be adults, they no longer want to sit in the main service and really don’t know how to experience worship at all!
Many times we are told that church is just “too boring” for children or they can’t get
anything out of it at young ages but in reality it is just not true. We know that a young child is not going to get what a teen can get out of it or understand what an adult does but they can begin great habits and enjoy the church experience!
 
We want our children to experience the Power of the Holy Spirit!  We want them to learn about his Word and how to apply it to their lives!  They will be gone from us some day and they are facing a very heart sick culture, they need to be ready and being in church and knowing Who and Why they worship is so important.  Now more than ever!!
 
I wanted to share some tips that could help you to encourage your kids in worship:
 
* Start Young – Even if your youngest can not last the whole service, begin teaching them at a young age and keep them in the service as long as you can. They may only last 5 minutes the first few weeks but it will get easier!
 
*  Practice at home – I used to have my youngest children sit on the couch with picture bibles and hymnals and I would set a timer to encourage them to sit still for periods of time. It helped them in developing good habits.
 
*  Encourage your children to open their hymnals (or song sheets) and bibles – Even if they can’t read yet, help them find the page and encourage them to keep them open during the song or passage reading. This too starts great habits and as they grow can be educational with counting (finding page numbers) and learning their books of the Bible!
 
*  Have your teen take notes – Have them take notes of the sermons and highlight things in their Bible that stands out to them. This will keep their minds from wandering and will teach them a great deal! 
This gives your teen topics to bring up to you in conversations later also! You want them to ask questions and establish their own thoughts about the sermons! They are becoming
young men and women and will have to own their own faith!
 
*  Start Preparing the Night Before – Make sure the kids have their clothes and church things ready the night before!  Make sure they get a good night’s rest so they can be ready for worship the next day and have a good breakfast!  It seems small, but these little things can help a great deal!
 
Several years back, I read a book by Robbie Castleman called “Parenting in the Pew”, Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship! It was a fantastic book with several ideas on helping our children in the church service. I took several of her ideas and implemented them in my family!
I hope you were able to get some ideas that would encourage you and your family in
worship!

 Blessings,
Angela Richter-Together with Family

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Richter is a wife to her best friend of 20 years and mother to three! She is the author of Together with Family where she writes about finding ways to connect with your family on a deeper level! She is passionate about intentional parenting and marriage and loves to share practical ways to make family life
better! She loves anything regarding homeschooling, writing, reading great books and scrapbooking! She lives in the Northern part of the Bluegrass state and is a Kentucky girl through and through! 

6 thoughts on “How to Encourage Your Kids in Worship by Angela Richter”

    • I also try hard to ensure my kids @ Sunday school have a balance. Sometimes we join the worship service with the adults so they can blend in easily.
      Thank you Linda for your encouraging comments.

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