Children & Worship
In the city of God, kids are playing in the streets. Since the gathering of the church is the primary place in which we see God’s city in our world, we intentionally worship as a family because we believe that it benefits both children and parents.
We acknowledge that this can make our worship gatherings a difficult task for some children. Whether your children are squirming or crying, as a church family, we believe that they both belong with us and are being trained in life and godliness.
From here, we believe that it trains us as parents in teaching our children what the rhythms of the service mean (i.e. Why do we need to confess sin? What did the pastor mean when he said x in the sermon?, etc.). To help your kids, Trinity provides age-appropriate worship notes and activity bags for children to use during the sermon [full of activity sheets, a craft item, a little snack. and books to choose from].
Additional activities for your children:
Children’s Class (crawlers - 5 year Olds)
During the worship gathering, volunteers will play, pray, read, and sing with the children in a format that reflects the worship gathering liturgy. Children are welcome to stay in class the entire time or be dropped off during the sermon. [Not offered during Advent, Easter & summer months as we desire our children to participate with their family in the worship gathering]
SPRING/FALL CATECHISM CLASS* (PreSCHOOL - 5th Grade)
While our children are young, their worldview is being shaped - we want to help our children form a biblical worldview. Trinity volunteers will teach our children about God's character, relationship to the world, and personal application. Held immediately after worship gatherings for 5-6 weeks.
*Based on New City Catechism Q&A curriculum.
IDEAS TO HELP FAMILIES ENGAGE IN WORSHIP TOGETHER
Below are ideas to help your family prepare, participate and process what it looks like to worship as a family. We pray these ideas help make worshipping together not only doable, but wonderfully fruitful.
BEFORE CHURCH: PRACTICE & PRAY
During the week, bring home a worship guide and practice going through the liturgy together.
Discuss why we sit, stand, sing, and pray during different parts of the worship gathering. In painting this purpose, it gives opportunity to discuss expectations of personal participation.
Pray for the worship gathering as a family on Saturday night or on your drive to church together.
As an example to your children, pray vulnerably in relation to your own distractions, needs, and hopes.
DURING CHURCH: ENGAGE & TEACH
Discuss with your spouse who will coach which children during the service or split time overseeing them during different parts of the liturgy.
Whisper things like, "We're praying so let's be still" or "Let's stand during this song".
Exemplify, through patient words and your engagement with the liturgy, that the time your family spends at church is formative and important to you, them, and God.
It's common to need to take children out of the service to pause and remind them of the expectations. Encourage them to enter back into the service with joy and obedience.
AFTER CHURCH: RECAP & REMEMBER
Following church, celebrate that you got to spend time together and encourage children in areas they obeyed or improved. Gently discuss an area they could improve in the following week.
Take time after church to ask what song they enjoyed or which part stood out to them. Why did it stand out to them?
Have a family discussion on the ride home or during lunch. Read the sermon text again and asking for one another’s answers to the application questions found in the worship guide.
One weekly question to answer together might be, “How can we as a family grow in obedience to God this week?”