Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service

My Church Notebook

Sunday mornings are “all hands on deck” for our family. My husband and I are actively involved in helping our daughter and son-in-law engage their four young children in the corporate worship service. I’m happy to say that progress is being made with the 3- and 5-year-olds. The 1-year-old twins have a long way to go, but they are observing and benefiting from the experience in more ways than we can imagine. Much of this progress can be attributed to a partnership of church and parents—a church that encourages, assists, and welcomes children in the worship service, and parents who actively prepare and train their children.

That is why I am so excited that we now have these resources available to share:

For the church—“Let the Children Come to Me in Worship” (video), in which Pastor David Michael lays out a biblical vision and philosophy for encouraging children to be in the corporate worship service.

For parents—“Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service” (audio), in which Sally Michael gives very practical advice for parents.

8 Tips for Helping Your Child Worship—a free brochure.

MyChurchNotebook_Cover_TNAnd last but not least a special resource for children:

My Church Notebook is designed to guide elementary aged children to participate in the service. It teaches them to actively listen to the sermon, take notes, recognize key points, ask questions, and discover more about God and His ways.

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

2 Responses to “Strategies for Engaging Children in the Worship Service”

  1. Renee August 22, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Do you have any of this in print? My son and his wife have a very active and loud 2 yr old daughter. They want to go to church but she is SO loud and active that it distracts others and embarrasses them so they don’t go. This breaks my heart because ALL three of my children were raised in church and stayed in the service. I want to encourage them and thought your material might help them but no way to send the video or audio to the. Please help me help my grand daughter and her parents get back into church! Thanks

    • Karen Hieb August 24, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi, Renee, we’ll be praying for you and your family about this. And yes, there are printed resources to help you. This blog post mentioned this brochure, that you can download and print without charge. And then main featured resource, the Church Notebook, is available for purchase. Again, we’ll be praying for you and your family, and your heart to see them all regularly participating in the fellowship of other believers in worship.

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