Does your church allocate “time with the children” during the all age worship service. While I’m a firm believer that every aspect of our worship should be inclusive of children (while they are in with us), a “time with the children” can ensure that children are invited up front and involved in the rituals and practises of worship.
The nurture of children in church is much more than Christian education. Children learn by watching and imitating adults and by projecting themselves in to imaginary worlds. Clergy and worship committees must give serious thought to making the Sunday worship truly accessible to children and educating parents and other parishioners to see children as fellow-worshippers, not as intruders who have to be hushed or distracted so that adults are left free to pray!”
Gretchen Pritchard-Wolff, Offering the Gospel to Children
Many find the “children’s talk” a challenge and so leave it out. Some have said to us “it’s too hard to write two sermons each Sunday”.
Whether it’s the minister (and we think it should be at least some of the time) or some other “kids friendly” person, we think children deserve a message too. There’s lots of ways you can do this, we share some ideas and strategies for this in our A Kids Friendly Sunday resource and Talking with Children in Church.
The Kids Friendly team are happy to coach people in this too (not that we have all the answers, but we’ve learnt some tips on our travels).
For a refreshing approach, read this Illustrated Children’s Ministry blog: “Object Lessons for Children’s Sermons”
And here’s another excellent blog on the topic. A Test Case in Passing on the Faith: The Children’s Sermon
What I’ve discovered is that what it really takes to teach the faith to the next generation is to know the faith, live the faith and communicate about the faith with kids. Miss any of those three and the project is gonna fail.” Gary Neal Hansen, Patheos Topics: Hosting the conversation on faith