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.

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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.

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Facing the Challenge

chapter 9Chapter 9
Facing the Challenge

May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
Psalm 20:2

“We talked; we prayed; we checked everything out. We thought we were going to make warm family memories, but we were wrong. Not only is everybody in this car uptight and unhappy, I can’t even remember where we’re going. Whose idea was it to go on this trip anyway? Let’s just turn around and go home. At least there we’ll be comfortable.”

Even when you feel like this, it’s possible to persevere.
We offer biblical support and practical strategies to reach your goals.

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Strategies Galore

PhoebeChapter 8
Entering the Sanctuary

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Psalm 63:2

When we were bringing up our children, we were usually in worship with the same local congregation. Curt was the pastor, and we were familiar with how the service would unfold. Looking at those circumstances might lead anyone to think our shepherding role as parents was fairly easy. The reality is that, as the pastoral family, we were at center stage, and the pressure to perform was high. We also served the Lord in other places and had to orient ourselves, as any other family would, as we met for worship with different congregations.

Whoever said it would be easy? Not us.
We walk you through a typical Sunday morning in real life.

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Special Request

CarolineChapter 7
Drawing the Message

The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet.
Isaiah 60:13

It was a lovely Sunday morning as we made our way to the church we had chosen to visit. The ride was convenient, and the setting was comfortable. Others who were gathering welcomed us warmly and encouraged us to help ourselves to coffee or tea. We made our way to our seats, pleased to see that a number of parents had their children with them. The pastor went to the pulpit as we settled in to worship.

We were specially asked to share the idea of sketching sermons.
Sandra offers the insights and lessons she learned from Edith Schaeffer.

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Major Helpful Hint

churchBagChapter 6
Packing the Bag

The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
1 Kings 8:6

It was August of 1978, and we had been married 10 years. We had spent the last two years as students in Switzerland. We went to Europe with two backpacks, and we returned with much more. There was a pile of baggage around us at the Geneva airport that included our clothes, household goods, and cross-country skis. We held our first child in our arms.

Attention spans vary from child to child and age to age.
The Church Bag is a valuable resource for the growing years.

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Always Be Alert

FountainsChapter 5
Setting the Scene

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Psalm 150:1

We were shaken to the pits of our stomachs. What had we done?

It seemed like a harmless enough invitation, easy to accept without much thought. The family lived close by, and the father was a leader in their church. The mother would be home, and it was only for a few hours. Besides, Curt was working, and Sandra had a doctor’s appointment. In a way, we were thankful for the unexpected childcare provision. We had no idea that a birthday celebration would result in literal nightmares.

Let’s be realistic about the obstacles that will appear.
In that way we’ll be able to respond to them in ways that please the Lord.

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