Today our local church decided not to have services. Actually, we decided this long before today, but today is the Sunday we decided not to meet. Each year, we have “family church” on the final Sunday of the year. That not only helps the staff after the holidays, but it frees volunteers to travel and spend time with relatives.
As a result, for this one Sunday of the year, we worship at home. Or if you want to get missional about it, we practice being the church at home.
Even though we have done this for a few years, it is still a little odd for our girls (7, 6 and 4). However, this morning went really well. So, I thought I would share our impromptu worship outline. If you are not following a devotional book and doing this kind of thing regularly, worshipping at home can be a little awkward. Hopefully, this quick outline can serve as a kick-starter for you when you want to worship as a family.
Call to Worship
(Just kidding.) Since none of us are musicians, we chose to skip the prelude. And since this was a “come as you are” service, we bypassed the formalities…okay…let’s be honest. It would have been weird.
Our actual outline of worship events:
I. Song – Jesus Love Me (Chosen by the girls)
II. Discussion Question – Why do we go to church? (We wanted to emphasize to them that we can have church at home, but it is important to gather with other believers.)
III. Bible Reading – Acts 2:42-47 (Since the older two are reading, we made sure they found the passage in their Bibles. Then, we would read a verse or two and discuss what it meant.)
A. Verse 42 – We talked about the fact that this was the first church that worshipped Jesus. Then, we talked through each of the things that the church did: learned from teachers, encouraged each other to be more like God (fellowship), broke bread (whether or not you interpret this as Communion, it’s a great time to explain this special act of worship), and they prayed.
B. Verse 45 – I asked them, “What else does this verse say the first church did?” We discussed the importance of giving and generosity, noting how God is generous to us and talking about how we should follow His example.
C. Verse 46a – “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” We talked about the “every day” aspect of the early church and compared the temple courts to the building where we attend church.
D. Verse 46b – “in their homes.” We talked about the fact that the church is not a building and we don’t have to be in any particular building to worship as a church.
E. Verse 47 – We discussed, in very simple terms, what it means to be “saved.”
IV. Prayer. We finished our time by reminding them of the practices of the first church and emphasizing that prayer was important to them. Then, we talked about things we should pray about and ended our time with a prayer.
Our older two girls connected well with this time of worship and engaged well in the discussions. The youngest one (4) understood some of it, but not in depth. Since Christmas just passed, all of her answers related to “the manger.” Her other contribution to the discussion was, “Daddy, can I have some of your juice?”
In all, it took us about 35 minutes and after it was over, the girls took down the “Richardson Church” sign they made
before we started.
If you are looking for other ideas for worshipping at home with your children, check out these articles on family worship or from pinterest.
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