We have attended Family Integrated churches for many years now. Before that, we tried to keep our children in the church service as much as possible.
One of the biggest fears of a young mama in a family-integrated church setting (or any time she takes her children to a place where they are expected to be quiet) is the fear of her children making a terrible racket all throughout the service and totally disrupting everyone’s worship time. (Ask me how I know.)
We bring in toys and coloring pages and a million other distractions, but then we wonder if they are soaking up any of the actual teaching that is going on at church. We know we want to worship as a family, but we don’t seem to be very good at it.
A few years ago during a church service, I happened to glance over at another family’s well-behaved children and realized they were all sitting there with some sort of worksheet and a pen, listening quite intently to all that was going on. Curiosity got the better of me and after the service I casually walked over to where they had been sitting to sneak a peek at what had been captivating their interests. The worksheets contained a list of hand-written “church” words and the children were putting tally marks next to each of the words as they heard them in the service.
I kept telling myself someday I would do that…and I kept forgetting.
Well, I finally got around to it this past week and I want to share them all with you!