worship a positive experience for young children
is a family experience. Look over the following ideas to help make
this a positive family experience.
1. Relax! God put the
wiggle in children - don’t feel you have to suppress it in
2. Allow your child to
bring a favorite stuffed animal or Bible storybook along.
3. For children who attend
worship services with their families in the Worship Center, special
"Childrens Packets" are available in the Lobby at the
4. Sit toward the front
where it is easier to see and to hear what is going on.
5. Use a gentle touch:
an arm around your child's shoulder, your hand in his/hers to give
reassurance and appropriate redirection.
6. Quietly explain the
7. Clue your child about
what will happen next in worship. They like to be ready.
8. Help your child find
the pages in the Hymnal. Do not become distressed if your child
is unable to find the proper page.
9. Sing the hymns, pray,
and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying
10. If your child needs
to leave the service, feel free to do so - please come back!
11. Always remember that
the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they
respond to church. Let them know that they are at home at Creekside
12. Encourage your child
to come forward for the Children's Story Time using their walking
feet and listening ears, so that all may enjoy this special time.
13. Remember! Jesus invited
children, with their wiggles and giggles, to come to Him. He invites
14. At home, discuss
worship to prepare children for changes in the routine, such as
a baptism or other special feature. Also, take time to answer questions
about worship experiences.