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!