Question, how you do you talk about worship with your kids?

Question, how you do you talk about worship with your kids?

I can distinctly remember the moment in Sunday School when I was told that when Christians die they go to heaven to worship Jesus forever— and ever, and ever, and ever….

Honestly, as a seven-year-old, I thought that sounded incredibly boring. As I got older my feelings that being Christian meant never doing anything fun continued to grow until I decided to leave church altogether.

Now I’m not saying that kids are incapable of engaging with faith issues without it being super fun, but I am saying that maybe the way we define “worship” needs to change.

I wish someone had told me then when I ran to catch a rugby ball with the arms God created for me specifically— that it was worship.

Or that when I looked up at the dark night sky dotted with millions of stars above my country home and gasped in wonder, that it was worship.

I wish I had known that worship can be as simple as thanking God for making the ocean I skipped stones on and didn’t have to be sitting in a pew singing songs that had big words in them.

I wish I had known worship can be as simple as letting the wonder of this world and life God has given us sink into my heart.

That it’s laughter and it’s joy.

I wish someone had told me worship can be as silly as dancing around the house in your underwear— like King David so boldly demonstrated for us!

And ultimately I wish someone had told me that the best act of worship I can offer to live in the fullest expression of who God has specifically made me to be. That when I’m living in His love, that he receives so much joy and glory from that.

Eventually when I came back to faith at the age of 18 I started to learn some of these things for myself as I read the Bible. But imagine the impact of teaching our kids how diverse and FUN worship really is?

I’m still a young dad, my son is only two years old, but I hope that I can communicate to him that worship isn’t just when I’m on stage with a guitar. That worship happens when I give to others, when I thank God for him at night before he goes to sleep, that worship happens when we wrestle on the living room floor and watch the deer lazily chew grass in our back garden.

So I want to ask you all, how you do you talk about worship with your kids? And how have they responded? I’m really honestly asking because we’re a community here and I want to learn from you all too. Because these are the kinds of things that could shape our children’s view of God forever!

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  • I love what you have shared, and it has inspired me again, to not get bogged down in ‘adulting’ all my explanations of worship to my kids (16mth and 4.5 years). One of the best things I ever read about teaching kids about worship, was to not focus on books, curriculums, devotional programs, resources or any other external aid, because kids learn most from us, and our relationship with God, and watching how we worship Him with our lives. I figure that means, keep my eyes on him, keep my life centred in him, share my love of Him and he will lead the children to himself. Thank you for your encouragement. Bless you and your families.

    Ally Lord-van Leeuwen on
  • All that you said is so true. I had been teaching Sunday school and wed night kids church for years basically out of the curriculum provided and I was honestly getting bored with it myself so it was hard to relay the true joy of being a Christian when I wasn’t t feeling it myself. One day a client of mine invited me to bring my daughter to a girls thing she was doing in her back yard. She read a princess book and relayed the story back to scripture, made crafts sang songs. The whole thing was so moving and such a beautiful act of worship that it inspired me to bring the kids I taught to my house and I used my love of gardening, baking, crafts and invited others from church to use their interest and talents to come and we all had so much fun being creative and learning about and growing closer to God. On a side note, I had taken a trip to Ireland and fell in love with sheep so when I got back to Kentucky we got some sheep and incorporated them into our lessons and crafts. I think teaching our kids to use their talents and things that bring them joy to reach others is worship

    Kathy Cundiff on

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