Last week, I wrote about the importance of passing on our faith to our children (Part One). Spending time together in family worship is a crucial part of this faith training. Here are some tips for family worship:
Keep it simple and fun
- Keep a manageable time (10 -15 minutes)
- Don’t lecture. Encourage family discussion
- Strive to maintain an enjoyable and fun atmosphere; make it a special family time
Set a regular time
- Encourage everyone in the family to plan for this time
- Find a time that is not hurried or pressured (if that’s possible)
Have a plan
Here’s an outline to help you as you plan your family devotional times.
- Pray (1 minute)
- Read the Word (7 minutes)
- What’s the main idea of the passage?
- How can we live out this truth?
- Sing a song (2 minutes)
- Pick a song that is related to the biblical passage if possible
- If no one in your family plays piano or guitar, use YouTube
- Pray (5 minutes)
- Write down prayer requests in a family prayer journal
- Ask for a volunteer to pray for each request
Strive for consistency
- Meet daily or as many days each week as possible
- Strive to have all members of the family present, but proceed even if not
- When schedules don’t work out, don’t give up. Keep trying.
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