This past Sunday we added a new section to our weekly bulletin called "Going Deeper: Family Edition."
This section brings the same goal of encouraging ongoing reflection and application of the sermon, but with questions and suggestions geared toward families and kids (don't worry - you can use it even if you're only "young at heart"). We know that for a lot of families, keeping our kids engaged and interested in worship can be particularly challenging - especially if you're worshipping from home. And so we've set out to try and help families like yours have meaningful conversations around topics of faith and worship.
Scripture calls parents to teach our kids about God - to teach them what it means to love God, to worship him, and serve him. We see this in Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says,
...love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to you children.
And Proverbs 22:6 gives us a promise of what happens when family discipleship becomes a top priority,
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Every parent knows that this is WAY easier said than done; it's one of the heaviest burdens that comes with having kids! But it's also one of the biggest honors God grants us. As parents, our first mission field is our family.
Here's how we hope you'll use Going Deeper: Family Edition to disciple your kids:
Prepare your kids each week for worship by giving clear expectations. Ask them to be thinking about the first two questions (they'll be the same each week) while we are worshipping.
Get into the habit of spending a few minutes after church - during lunch is a great time! - answering the questions together.
Commit to doing the practice step. This is where conversation moves to action. Pray together, serve together...whatever the suggestion is, DO IT!
For more ideas and tips for helping your kids engage with worship and grow in their faith, check out this free "toolkit" for Ten Ways For Families to Engage Kids in Worship resource Faith Alive ministries has put together.