Worship is the unashamed proclamation of God's worth by our
actions, attitudes, and words. Worship is pure in the mouth and
life of a child who realizes the bounty of God's never-ceasing
We create an attitude of worship in our children's church when the
children enter the room. Soft, soothing worship music sets a mood
that says, "This is a place to meet with and adore our
Between our worship songs, we practice the "praise break." Taking
just 15 seconds, I encourage the children to become doers of God's
Word, not hearers only. I choose one form of worship from the book
of Psalms such as shouting, singing, clapping, or silence. I
explain the form of praise to the children, and then I start the
clock. We all participate.
Worship is listening for God. We need to listen for what God wants
us to say or do. Children may have difficulty with the idea of
listening for God. Energetic bodies and active minds don't like
Give each child a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Lead children in
this listening exercise, allowing adequate time between each
1. Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am
God." Think about what this verse means.
2. Close your eyes and listen for sounds around you.
3. Listen for God's voice.
4. Write or draw what you feel and hear.
Bring children together and discuss their experiences.
Heather Olson Bunnell
Worship is our response to God because of who he is and what he's
done. This worship exercise helps kids respond in kind to who God
is. The leaders can explain each center by saying something such
as, "Because God is creative, we'll be creative."
Center 1: God Loves Me
•Kids' response: I love God.
•Tell kids to: Sing songs telling of God's love for us and your
love for God. Suggested songs: "Jesus Loves Me," "O How I Love
Jesus," or "I Love You, Lord." Kids can even write love songs to
Center 2: God Created the World
•Kids' response: I can create something.
•Tell kids to: Create something out of craft supplies.
Center 3: God Cares for Everyone
•Kids' response: I can care for others.
•Tell kids to: Brainstorm ways you can care for others. Create a
drama showing how you can care for others. Carry out your caring
act this week.
WORSHIP IN LIFE
Through worship the church praises God and acknowledges its total
dependence on God. In worship faith is renewed. If we can show the
child how worship relates to everyday experience, we can start the
child on the path of being an informed, active worship
Make a worship book with children to show them that the parts of
the worship service are like parts of daily life. Use an
inexpensive photo album with magnetic pages. Label each page of the
album in the order of the parts of your worship service. Include
snapshots of children participating in each part.
Next, use family photos or magazine pictures that illustrate how
each part of worship is like things that happen in the child's
family or community; for example, friends shaking hands (welcome),
a family reading the Bible (Bible reading), sharing food
(offering), and a celebration dinner (communion). Place these
family/community life pictures next to the worship pictures.