by John Hailes/ February 1, 2016
It’s so easy for our kidmin worship times to become all about the singing and the dancing. We must be intentional about teaching kids the value and purpose of worship. More importantly, we must show them that worship isn’t just about singing, it’s about interacting with God.
We can teach kids about worship, but we need to push them out of their comfort zone to actually broaden their view of worship. Here are 10 simple ways to close your worship time:
As worship comes to an end, instruct all the kids and leaders to raise their hands and explain to them that we do this as a sign of praise to God. Have kids think about and speak out their praises.
As worship comes to an end, instruct leaders to gather with groups of kids. Go around the group, ask for prayer requests and get different kids in the group to pray for the needs.
As worship comes to an end, get kids to spend a few moments in silence reflecting on God and what He has put on their hearts. There is power in quieting ourselves before God in contemplation.
As worship comes to an end, have all the kids and leaders kneel. Explain that worship isn’t just about singing, but it’s about surrendering our lives to God. Remind them that this is like a servant who would bow before a king.
As worship comes to an end, have kids put a hand up if they would like prayer. Have other kids gather around them, put their hands on their shoulders, and pray over them. Explain that we can show our love for God by loving and caring for others.
As worship comes to an end, lead kids through communion. Take the bread and juice together, and take special time to remember Jesus and His sacrifice. Be sure to clear this with your senior pastor and children’s parents.
As worship comes to an end, provide an atmosphere for kids to concentrate on hearing God’s voice. Teach kids to quiet themselves and be aware of spontaneous thoughts that God could be giving them. Provide Bibles, pencils, and paper for kids to read, draw, and write what they feel God might be speaking to them.
As worship comes to an end, remind kids that we can continue our worship through our offering. When we give back to God from what He has given to us, we are showing Him how much He means to us.
As worship comes to an end, invite kids to seek after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Explain Pentecost and how God wants to give boldness and power to believers through the Holy Spirit. Allow leaders and kids, who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, to pray over kids.
As worship comes to an end, allow kids to journal (write and draw) their thoughts and feelings. Worship often brings up a variety of feelings in kids that they need an outlet for. This will show kids that worship is about interacting with God and sharing with Him what is on your heart.