While having your child with you in the Shed can feel a bit overwhelming at times, we believe that it presents a beautiful opportunity to show our children what it looks like to worship our loving Father in a community of both young and old.
Whether it is an invitation to tell children the story of the Exodus during a feast, passing on the longing to make God the center of one’s existence in everyday activities, or in the wisdom of Solomon, “Train up a child in the way they should go; and when they are older, they will not depart from it” [Proverbs 22v6], worshipping together is at the heart of the Biblical tradition.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of this opportunity:
Play Follow The Leader
When your child is with you in the Shed, try modeling out all the ways in which we can worship:
- Maybe it’s clapping and dancing, or standing with your arms outstretched.
- Perhaps it’s bringing your child’s Bible with you and helping them find the Scripture passage for the day.
- When we celebrate the Eucharist as a community, bring your child with you to the table and explain why we take the Eucharist every week. S/he may participate or if you prefer that your child not partake in the Eucharist, s/he can observe.
- Take time to bless your child with a simple blessing like, “may you continue to love God and love others”.
Adjust Expectations—We’re Good With Some Joyful Noise
Please know that you have the freedom to not have the same expectations for your child as what you may have for yourself in our worshipping spaces. Younger children have a hard time sitting for long periods of time. We invite you to get up and walk around the Shed with them as needed.
Answer Their Why, Why, Why Questions
Sundays in the Shed are also a great opportunity to explain to them what we do in the Shed, why we worship, and how to inhabit that space. To help them understand, you can use examples of rooms in your home or other places: What is the kitchen for? What do we do in the kitchen? What about the bathroom? How do we act at the library? What kind of voices do we use at the library? You get the idea!
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