Fun Family Worship

One of the great joys for our family over the last few months has been our times of family worship. Until recently, I always had a sense that I should be leading our family in worship or devotions, but I had a tough time understanding what it should be like (it always seemed overly formal). But as Abby has gotten older (she’s a few months away from being 3), we’ve seen that her love for singing, dancing, and running around has created an environment that is rich for simple and fun family worship. In fact, she enjoys it so much that almost every week at some point she asks if we can do family worship that night.

Based on our lives, commitments, and schedules, we probably do family worship once or twice a week. Here’s what it looks like for us:

1. We turn on a CD with great worship music, dance around and sing. Often times, this includes songs that we sing in church, a few songs from our friend Kristie Braselton, and, recently, some songs from Seeds Family Worship. I always tell Abby to “sing loud,” because I want her to learn to enjoy praising God with energy and passion.

2. We pray and thank God for some truth that was in one of the songs we listened to.

3. We read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. This is a great kids Bible that connects every story to Jesus (which makes it a must-read for every adult!). We typically read it in order and pick up wherever we left off the time before.

4. We talk about the story and try to help Abby understand it. This is a great exercise for us to try to keep things simple, but not lose any of the meaning or weight of it.

5. We each take turns praying for our friends, family, the world and ourselves. We pray big prayers and little prayers. We often lead Abby through “repeat-after-me” style prayers, but sometimes she turns it loose (kind of funny when that happens).

All of this takes anywhere between 20-60 minutes, depending on how much time we take. I’m sure over time this will change and morph, but for now it’s a great way to keep God central in our home and train our kids in the gospel. I’m not committed to this form or method, but I am committed to the idea and practice of family worship.

If you have any other ideas or things that have helped your family, please post them in the comments below!

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  1. #1 by Brian Frahm on April 27, 2009 - 9:05 am

    Thanks for this post! I have been thinking about how to implement something similar at my home.

    Also, Rylie and I have REALLY been enjoying the Jesus Storybook Bible… would be cool to start doing that after dinner or something, instead of just as a bedtime reading.

  2. #2 by Bob Taggart on April 28, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Luke,

    Thanks for posting this. This goes to the very heart of strengthening our homes and families, by honoring Christ and building our relationship with Him as the top priority.

    Reminds me of a discussion I had with a friend while living in CA. He made the remark about how Christian homes and marriages were under attack.

    I agreed with him but also challenged him with this question, “How may Christian families spend ANY time in prayer and worship in their private time?” They say they’re too busy to do that, yet will turn on the TV or the PC and open the door to hell to their home and then complain they’re under attack.

    I’m not into legalism, but I don’t understand how someone can profess to say they love Christ and His Word and have a movie collection of DVDs that profane that holy name by which they say they have been called, and/or are filled with examples of lifestyles that are contrary to the Word of God. We cannot spend our “disposable” time feeding on that type of stuff and grow closer to Christ or each other.

    When we look at the passage of scripture in II Samuel 6:11-12, we see where when they moving the ark of the covenant, they left it sitting in the home of Obededom for 3 months. And the Word says in verse 11, “and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household. Verse 12, “And it was told king David, saying, The LORD has blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertains to him, because of the ark of God.”

    Why was the blessing of the Lord upon Obededom’s house, because the ark represented the presence of God. When the presence of God is welcomed in our homes, we will be blessed.

    So the lesson for us is to prepare our hearts and homes as a place where His presence can feel welcomed. No better way to do that than sing unto the Lord and come before Him in humbleness of heart and spirit.

    May we worship Him will all of our hearts, not because we seek to be blessed, but because we are gratefull that we have been redeemed!

  3. #3 by The Roberts Family on April 28, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    Thank you for posting Seeds of Worship’s site and the great ideas your family uses to worship at home! ;)
    We would also like to recommend Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade. A friend recommended it to us, and our 8 and 9 year old have really enjoyed it. We are all learning a lot, as a family! What a blessing. ;)
    Thank you for encouraging families to worship together!
    Sincerely,
    The Roberts Family

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