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Making Worship Fun For Kids – Outdoor Night Sermons Lit Up With LED Lights

While we can often feel as though there’s a barrier that prevents us from really getting to know our kids, we have more influence on them than many of us realize. The habits, attitudes and behaviors we exhibit is often directly emulated by children whether or not anyone even realizes it. Studies have been performed that linked depression in mothers to the increased risk of the child developing emotional problems.

Understanding that you have such a strong influence on your kids, consider how you can use this to your advantage when you teach them the importance of sincere worship and the development of a spiritual relationship with God. As a parent, you’re not only responsible for ensuring the provision of the physical needs of your children. You must also ensure they receive the opportunity to understand life as God intended. There are some ways you can make worship fun and help your kids develop the character necessary to represent everything our faith stands for.

Taking the Sermon Outdoors

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Let’s face it. Sunday school can sometimes feel like a classroom setting, and not many kids want to be in that environment on the weekend. You can both intrigue children as well as bring them closer to nature and God when you decide to take your discussion and worship outdoors. You could even consider going out at night when you can gaze at the wonders of the night sky. When you purchase LED lights for your tailgate, you better ensure you get to any destination to enjoy the mystique of the endless night sky.

Think in Color

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Kids enjoy the ability to put their words and thoughts into colorful pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and you’d be surprised of the compelling messages your kids can send using just a box of crayons. During your next worship session, invite kids to draw their prayers. A great way to introduce the activity is to have the kids grab six small pieces of paper. On them, instruct them to draw:

  • Three things they are thankful for
  • Two people they would like prayed for
  • One thing they would like to ask God for themselves

This is a great activity as it shows kids the proper balance of the variety of consideration that should be made, making sure not to put too much of a focus on self. By spreading the focus, this helps kids understand the importance of leaning on and helping one another. Have the slips turned in at the end of the worship session so kids know their thoughts make a difference.

Institute a Prayer Wall

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This is a fun activity anyone can enjoy, and you can do it at home or in the church setting. Designate a wall and cover it with large sheets of paper. If this is not available, simply place several packages of Post-It notes nearby. This will be a special place where prayer and  meditation will take place. Whenever your child feels the need, encourage them to take their problems to God and utilize this designated new spot. There should be no rules regarding the use of colorful crayons, markers, and colored pencils to clearly depict what’s on their mind, and you should be sure to leave all supplies at a level smaller children can reach.

Preparing the Future Generation

The compelling walk mankind has enjoyed with God extends across all generations, and it’s estimated that the Bible itself was written by at least six different authors dating as far back as 600 BC. When you do your part in instilling a love for God and worship in your kids at a young age, you can more easily encourage them to enjoy a close and educated relationship with our Higher Power. Remember that you have much more influence over your young children than you likely realize. By utilizing these helpful tips, you can be on your way to using this influence to make a positive and long-lasting difference in their lives.

Life of a Theology Student

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You probably Know that I sing and play the guitar for our church choir. Then, I’m pretty sure it won’t be that shocking to reveal that I am also CONSIDERING becoming a Theology student someday, when the right time comes.

People think that when you study Theology or end up in a seminary, everything is always quiet, solemn and serious. While most of the time this is the case, especially because we are always taught to find peace and balance in ourselves, there are still moments when a Theology class will burst in laughter.

I have a few friends that are already taking on this challenge. Students of Theology are trained to always look for the message of God and understand it wholeheartedly, so that come a time when the student become the teacher, the message of God will be clearly relayed to the people. Given such tasks, Theologians are always perceived to be serious and quiet.

However, my friends tell me that they also have their funny moments.

One time, they were eating their lunch at the dining area in one of their many apartments in Anniston AL (they all live near each other in apartments, and most of the time, they eat together at whichever’s apartment they wanted to eat next), when suddenly, someone slipped near the washing area. Everyone heard the loud thud of the body and the clashing of plates and utensils as it also went diving on the floor. Even as they are taught and trained to never laugh at the misfortune of others, they all still cracked a good laugh, of course, after helping their friend up from all the mess and broken plates.

Some might think that laughing at someone during an incident as this is a sign that God’s words were not learned. But my friends looked at it differently. They say to look at it this way:

If it was any other home, broken plates will not be a sight for laughter. Someone would likely scold the person who fell, because he was careless. So see, helping him up and laughing off the damages he caused in an apartment that was not his own, is a milder approach to the situation, and one that they all believe, is the right reaction, so God permits.

It was a good thing, my friend added, that the apartments they live in are really well-made and that even when shards from the plates scattered all over the floors, it was easily swept out and kept and in a safe place so that other’s can’t be hurt.

The life of a person studying Theology may indeed be almost always solemn and peaceful, but God also wanted us to enjoy our lives because he did not give us the gift of living only to feel burdened and he does not want us to stop from finding happiness, even in the littlest of things.

My friends are really making me want to take up Theology soon. But I am still really thinking hard about it. I’m sure the answer will come to me, soon enough.