Preparing Your Children’s Hearts for Worship

Written by: Pastor Garrett Oppel and Pastor Brian Howerton


It’s important that we go to church with expectancy and prepared hearts. The question is, how do we do that for us and our children? It is our prayer that you will be intentional to try one or more of these tips and see your family benefit greatly from it.


  • Pray together

Even if it’s just a short prayer after everyone is buckled up in the vehicle. Make prayer a priority. Let prayer set the tone for the rest of your day. Start your day off united together in prayer. Maybe you’re in a rush and running late. Don’t let that get in the way. You can still have a family prayer time while you are driving. Obviously, this would be a prayer where you, the driver, keep your eyes open 😉


  • Listen to worship music

There is a Spotify list called “mpbclife” and the worship set for every week is uploaded. Simply click on the worship service you will attend and listen to the songs together. This will help your kids get familiar with the songs and know them better for when they hear them in church. We recommend doing this at various times throughout the week, as well.

**BONUS Tip:Speaking of worship, we highly encourage you to have your kids stand during worship. In Tabernacle, we do not let them sit down. They don’t have to sing or do the motions, but they are required to stand. I believe this is the very least we can do for the One who gave His all on the cross for us. I could keep going on and on about this, but I’ll leave it at this.


  • Talk about worship

Worship is not just a time of singing songs; worship is a lifestyle. Talk about the many different ways we worship (time, talents, songs, tithe, attitude, etc.). If your kids get an allowance, teach them the importance of tithing. It’s important that they learn that at an early age. Tell them what is expected during worship time. Set the example for what it looks like to worship. While we believe corporate worship is very important, private worship is even more important. Allow your children to see you having quiet time with God. Model what that looks like. Back up your words with action.

**Worship Suggestion:Check out Seeds Family Worship and JumpStart3


  • Talk about their Bible lesson for the day

In my weekly email, it tells you what your kids will be learning the following week. Try reading through that passage together on Saturday night, or just talk about it briefly. Doing a review of what they learned last week would also be beneficial, especially since we are going through the Bible chronologically. Along with that, make sure you read my weekly email about your kids learned in church. They need you to reinforce what they’re learning so that it will stick with them better.

40 Days of Prayer for Missions

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 NKJV

The summer months are full of new opportunities to meet people where they are and point them to Jesus. We have set aside 40 days over June, July and August this year to pray with focus and purpose daily for needs related to four missions opportunities.

Download the attached day-by-day prayer guide as an image or printable PDF to join us in prayer pray for MPBC Missions going on in our community (Vacation Bible School and Preteen H2O Retreat), nation/continent (working with Église du Mont-Bellevue in Sherbrooke, Quebec and serving the Navajo people and community in Gallup, New Mexico) and world (King’s Children Orphanage in Belize).

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