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.