They may seem like an odd comparison, but training a child to use the potty calls for the same approach as nurturing a heart for worship. Continue reading
We believe that providing a child with drawing and writing materials does not need to be a problematic distraction. Continue reading
I hesitate to address this week’s suggestion, but it’s a reality that’s wise to attend.
If you have a child like one of mine, Continue reading
It can be helpful to provide an appropriate resource to engage a portion of a young person’s attention during the quieter sections of a worship service. It’s important to Continue reading
When children are young it can be helpful to provide a quiet activity during portions of the worship service. It’s important to choose wisely, Continue reading
It begins with a decision to set our hearts on things above well before we head to our place of worship.
Choosing a focal point can be helpful. A Bible verse, a character trait of the Creator, a feature of His creation, or a relationship goal for your family are all possible topics to consider.
Then choose an activity to jump start the conversation. As you gather leaves for this project you can talk about the changing beauty God showers into our lives. Let us know how it goes. Maybe even send along a photo so we can enjoy your artwork.
May the LORD bless you in your desire to know Him more fully.
with confidence in the Father’s love,
Curt & Sandra
Resources, week 2
Another activity that will occupy a child’s hands and calm their wiggles is tangrams. Tangrams are geometric shapes that can be arranged to create a variety of pictures. Depending on the age of your child, they may be just the thing you need to get through a growing time.
Such materials ought to be kept to a minimum. A child ought to be encouraged to participate in every aspect of corporate worship as possible. When their attention span has reached its limits, it’s time to offer support.
You can buy tangrams HERE.
You can learn how to make your own tangrams HERE.
May the LORD guide you in your training for His glory and your peace. Amen
We found it helpful to use quiet activities for the younger set during more formal times, such as the sermon.
In Chapter 6 of our book we offer our perspective and experiences of this process. ‘Packing the Bag’ includes strategies for tending children of various ages within the corporate meetings of the church. The key is to keep in mind the goal of nurturing mature participants in the act of worship.
If you too are looking for appropriate materials, click HERE to find our first suggestion.
May the LORD Himself bless you as you offer your parenting to Him. Amen