Worship Preparation

glory to GodPreparing our hearts for worship is an excellent habit to develop as a family.

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

Resources, week 2

wooden tangramsAnother 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.


tangram boatSuch 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

Resources, week 1

feetWe’re hearing from parents who want to worship together as a family, but aren’t sure their children can handle an extended time of attentive behavior.

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

Notes to Church Leaders

Version 2Note to Church Leaders

The question of children in church is not new. Pastors and theologians hold differing opinions on the matter of families remaining together throughout corporate worship. You do not need me to tell you that it is a controversial issue. Unless your congregation has a “one-size-fits-all” policy regarding children which either forbids children in the sanctuary during worship or refuses to offer child care of any kind, you have probably had some degree of discussion on the topic.

A pastor to pastor discussion added to our parent to parent conversation
It takes submission to the Father’s will to lead God’s people in His direction.

Contact us to get your copy of Children in Church and the Teaching & Training materials.

Continuing the Pattern

BoazChapter 10
Continuing the Pattern

For Christ did not enter a man‐made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one;
he  entered heaven itself,
now to appear for us in God’s presence.

Hebrews 9:24

We thought it was a good idea. The children were old enough. Besides, to be honest, we were getting tired of having to help them find their place every time we sat down to open God’s Word. Surely they could undertake the task of memorizing the books of the Bible. Curt confirmed the goal, and Sandra started to think about the process needed to meet it.

Sometimes discipling our children begins with discipling ourselves.
Teachable Moments, Learning and Leading, Imitating Christ are topics we cover.

Contact us to get your copy of Children in Church and the Teaching & Training materials.