6 Ways to Help Families During Corporate Worship this Summer
By Sarah House
We were almost done. We were about 35 minutes into the sermon and I was pretty sure that it would be over soon. “Just a few more minutes,” I whispered to my five-year-old son, trying to keep him from a vocal meltdown as tears streamed down his face. After 13 weeks of “doing church” from the convenience of our LEGO-equipped living room, the balcony of our physical church building couldn’t quite compete. Adding to the changes, our normal pew was taped off. All the ushers, who in the past smiled their greetings, were now masked. No kids were running around playing before or after the service. My kids had been excited to go back to church—but this was not what they were expecting.
As our churches are reopening, we are hearing plenty about the awkwardness of following distancing guidelines. What is talked about less is the noisier elephant in the room—the kid element. While corporate worship may have resumed, most nurseries, children’s churches, and Sunday schools remain closed, leaving parents to figure out how to keep kids happy and quiet while attending this strange new model of worship. It won’t be easy, but here are six things churches can do to help families in this season of changes.
Going to church in this unusual time isn’t easy for anyone, especially those with young children. However, it is also a good opportunity. It is a chance for the church to worship in an extended intergenerational gathering. It is an opportunity to remind the congregation of the blessing and the responsibility parents and the church have to partner together in nurturing the faith of the next generation. And it is a time for children to see the church worship and to hear the Word preached. The children may not remember all of what they hear, but we never know what the Lord will be pleased to do as they join the church for corporate worship.
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Sarah House is a stay-at-home wife and homeschooling mom to four children. Her days are filled with loving, learning, playing, teaching, reading, surviving, serving, and trusting in the loving grace and sovereign wisdom of Jesus Christ through all of it.