KIDS Gathering Resources

Resources for families as we learn to know and follow God in every day life!

Family Worship

In 2023 we will walk through the Redemptive Historical Narrative in our Family Worship Gatherings, helping our children know the story of God AND see His story impacting our daily life.

CREATION - January Family Worship

Why does it matter that kids (and teens and grown ups) know the story of CREATION?

This is the first act in the story of God! We learn so much about God and His purposes for His people in the beginning pages of Scripture. God starts to unfold for us a picture of Himself, His good design in all of creation, His desire to be in relationship with the people He created, and His calling on our lives to walk in His pathways as we enjoy Him.

  As you connect with your children through the story of God in the Bible, the 4 questions below can help as a general guide, training yourself and your kids to see God and His plan throughout all of Scripture and in all of life. The 4 questions are a tool we use often at Greenbriar Church to help us observe, understand and apply truth about God, mankind, and God’s gospel story.

The 4 questions are

Who is God? What did He do? Who am I? What do I do?

Training ourselves to look at Scripture AND every day life through this lens gives the Holy Spirit spaces to reveal truth, hope, correction and grace to our hearts and to the hearts of our children.

It’s never too late to start these conversations! If you feel “behind” or late to the party, ask the Holy Spirit for the help that He promises to give and then begin with the simple and concrete conversations of who God is as you read Scripture together and move throughout your ordinary daily life.

CREATION conversations in real time

Toddler + PreSchool

Focus on the physical world and talk constantly about God’s hand in designing, sustaining and loving this amazing world He created! From big skies to tiny spores on a fern frond, from balancing on bikes to brushing teeth, God made little ones in this stage to engage with His world tangibly through their senses. Affirm what they are seeing, exploring and learning in simple “God terms”: “God made you and loves you”; “You are jumping so high! God made your legs so strong.”; “God gave us moms and dads to protect us and love us”; “Look at how God designed this bread to have these funny tiny holes! How do you think it tastes?”

As you read Bible stories together, focus on making clear statements of truth about God, about people and about this world that God created. You might begin to ask simple questions that invite simple answers.

Who is God?

God is the Creator. God is beautiful! Jesus is God. God is in charge of everything He made.

What did He do?

God made everything! Including you. God is in charge of everything He made and He takes care of everything He made. God created jobs for people to do! We love working with God.

Who am I?

We are made and loved by God. We are seen and known by God.

What do I do?

I praise God! I talk to Him about anything and everything. I say true things about God and the things He made.

Late PreSchool + Elementary

They are curious, imaginative and trusting. They crave connection with you, fun alongside you and safety from you as the parent. Continue to engage their senses and begin to meet all of their “Why? Why? Why?” questions with amazement by helping them see that God is working and present in absolutely everything. Still keep it simple! “Because God is so caring He made dads and moms to protect us and care for us”; “Isn’t it wonderful that God made this food so tasty? Let’s thank Him for it!”; “Did you know God made all of these colors we’re painting with for us to enjoy? He is so fun and kind to give us art to enjoy.”; “God cares about your friend and He wants you to treat him with kindness.”; “God made us to need Him. You can talk to Him about anything and know He is listening.”

As you read Bible stories together you can help them discover God’s purposes and plan:

Who is God?

Begin to draw your child’s attention to God’s character, His nature. Does God share His name in this Bible story? What is it? His name tells us what is true about Him. How does believing this truth about God change what you do or think?

What did He do?

Point out (or coach them to begin pointing out) what God is doing! Where is God here? Do you see His plan any where in this story? What does God think about His creation? What does God think about you?

Who am I?

Who does God say I am? What does He say about the people that He created? What am I believing about myself (or others) and is it what God says about me (or them)?

What do I do?

God is the Creator who loves and cherishes everything He created! What should we do about this good news?! How should we praise Him? How can we follow His pathway? What jobs did God give the people He created? What kind of work do we get to do together in our family to work with God? How do we take care of the people and things God created?

Late Elementary + Middle School

Build on the concrete concepts of God as the Creator is by inviting them to consider why God is trustworthy. Press into why God would make things a specific way, why He would design relationships to function the way He did, why He is worth trusting and knowing, why following His design is best, and why we need Jesus to bring us back into relationship with God. Continue to help them see themselves in terms of how God crafted and uniquely gifted them, how God made their minds, emotions, bodies and souls in His image, with His care and purpose. As other voices begin to “matter” to your child and gain influence, you can continue to help your child see herself or himself through God’s eyes, affirming His truth and His gentleness towards them, and reiterating His invitation to trust Jesus and follow Him.

Who is God?

Continue to draw your child’s attention to God’s character and nature as revealed in Scripture. Talk about God’s names when He shares them in a Bible story and discuss how knowing that name/descriptor of God helps us know and trust Him . Begin to build on your child’s reasoning skills. IF God is the Creator, THEN He is incredibly powerful, very detailed, endlessly interesting and loves beauty. IF God revealed these truths about Himself, THEN He wants us to know Him and is personal with us.

What did He do?

God made me, He cares for me, He will never stop loving me—how do I know that/how does He prove that? How do I know God will never stop loving me?

Who am I?

Who does God say I am? Do I believe that what God says about me/this situation is true? If not, who am I believing? Whose voice am I listening to and trusting? In what ways am I consistently tempted to not trust God?

What do I do?

How does God call us to walk differently when we know Him and trust Him for ______________?

Teens + Young Adults

In this stage, we are still relying on the Holy Spirit to build our teen’s knowledge of who God is and why He is the most trustworthy being in the Universe. The teen and young adult conversations about God and the gospel are more conceptual and highly practical. “Why is God being all-powerful/the highest authority/the perfect designer for life and relationships important for how I’m living my life today?” And much like adults, this stage of growth still needs constant and practical reminders that the way God crafted and gifted them is good. We are offering them a vision for the future that is shaped by knowing, trusting and following God through the gospel of Jesus.

This age and stage can more easily follow the 4 questions backwards with you to help them identify areas of unbelief and lies which we need to combat with Truth and compassion. Here’s an example of how we can help our teen see God in real time:

What do I do?

“I am stressed and overwhelmed about school and my future. I feel like the rest of my life is over if I can’t get the grades in this class to qualify me for my next steps, to set me up for my future career success. It feels like my whole life comes down to this test.”

Who am I?

THE LIE: “I am ultimately in charge and responsible for my life. I must work so much harder to prove myself and take care of myself.”

What did God do?

THE LIE: “God left me to carry the weight of my life by myself.”

Who is God?

THE LIE: “God is either absent all together or He doesn’t care about what I’m going through.”

Now that we have identified THE LIE we are believing about God, we can work forward starting with THE TRUTH that combats the heart of THE LIE.

Who is God?

God is Creator. He is tangibly present not only in the Creation narrative but in the present through His Holy Spirit. He gave us Jesus, a real God-man that we experience through Scripture and in history, so that we could be brought near to God again.

What did He do?

As the Creator, God made mankind to live and work in His good earth. Even after mankind Adam and Eve (and all their descendants, including me), sinned and rebelled against God’s good and gracious rule, God redeemed them by Sacrificing His Son Jesus to bring them back into relationship with Him.

Who am I?

I am created in the image of God Himself. I was created with great care and intention. I am seen and loved right here, right now.

What do I do?

Because I am created in the image of God, I reflect His Kingdom purposes and therefore work alongside Him in His work of caring for mankind by sharing Jesus with a desperate world. Jesus is good news for my overwhelm today! My daily efforts carry value but my worth is held firm by an all-powerful, loving God who hasn’t left me and cares deeply about my present struggle. I can rest in Him, knowing He holds my future and He will guide my next steps.


Resources to help us learn to share, show and savor the gospel of Jesus with our kids!

PODCAST: “When God Breaks Through – Mini-Series: Episodes 18-27 ‘Gospel Centered Conversations With Your Children’”  Bethany Kimsey – Gospel-centered guide to conversations about God and His redemption based on your children’s ages and stages. This is a very helpful framework as you lay a foundation (at any stage!) for helping your children know and trust God. Bethany shares a short and sweet version of the 4 questions in this series by asking her children “Where is God?” in each age and stage, helping them process who God is and who they are.

“Phase Project” A fun look at child development by age and stage.

BOOK: “Habits of the Household” Justin Whitmel Early – Drawing our attention to God’s presence and work in our everyday life.

WEBSITE: Connected Families – Grace-based discipline and connection with our children in every day life.

**Keep a look out for Connected Families’ “Discipline that Connects” training at Greenbriar Church this Fall 2023!**


Jesus Storybook Bible” Sally Loyd Jones

“The Big Picture Story Bible” Podcast & Story Bible

“God’s Very Good Idea” Trillia Newbell

“The Inventions of God (and Eva) (Made in His Image)” Dave Connis

“The Stories of God (and Kiki) (Made in His Image)” Dave Connis

“Let There Be Light: An Opposites Primer” Danielle Hitchen

“The Biggest Story ABC” Kevin DeYoung


5 Solas for Families

Home Lessons, Videos and Songs

Sunday Summer Camp - Parent Q | July 4th

Story + Questions from July 4th: HomeLesson_July4

Instructions on using Story of God format: SOG Instructions

Sunday Summer Camp - Parent Q | June 27th

Story + Questions from June 27th: ParentQ_June27 – Home Lesson


Instructions on using Story of God format: SOG Instructions


Sunday Summer Camp - Parent Q | June 20th

Story + Questions from June 20th: ParentQ_June20th – homelesson

Instructions on using Story of God format: SOG_Instructions

Sunday Summer Camp - Parent Q | June 13th

Story + Questions from June 13th: ParentQ_June13_HomeLesson

Instructions on using Story of God format: SOG_Instructions



Home Lessons | May 16
Home Lesson | May 9

Resources for Gathering

Sermon Notes for Kids

As your children attend a Gathering OR watch an online Gathering from home, use these sermon notes to help them pay attention and learn along side of you! We want all ages to worship God heartily through singing to God and listening to the message.

PreK-K Sermon Notes

1st-2nd Graders Sermon Notes

3rd – 5th Graders Sermon Notes

How to Talk to Your Kids About Communion

In a Greenbriar Church Gathering, you will have the opportunity to take communion (also called the Lord’s Supper). This is a wonderful time to explain the gospel to your child and help give them a picture of what it means to trust Jesus’ sacrifice to atone for our sins and bring us back to God. You can prepare to share the significance of this meal with children of all ages.


The gospel is a true story.  Our role as parents is to repeatedly tell this true story to our children so that one day they may believe and have life in the name of Jesus. If you don’t already tell the gospel story in the everyday rhythms in your home, start small but definitely start! Talk about Christ’s life, death, resurrection and future coming. Talk about it regularly throughout each week. If you need ideas on how to teach your children about Jesus and what it means to be with him, be like him and to do what he did, use the resources provided on the Family Resource page of our website. We also have KIDS Sunday Resources available each week to help you share the story of Jesus in greater detail as your children grow.


Talking Points by Age Group

For toddlers through kindergarten

Keep it simple! Practice sharing a new part of Jesus’ story as it relates to communion or choose one of the following phrases to share with your child each week:

  • “God loves people and he made them! In fact God made everything. But people don’t always obey God. This is called sin. We need Jesus to rescue us from our sin when we don’t love and obey God.”
  • “The bread and the juice are not actually Jesus’ body and blood. They are symbols to help us remember that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to defeat our sin, bringing us back to God.”
  • “This reminds us that Jesus has power over sin and death. We can trust Jesus to give us everything we need. Jesus died in our place and rose again.”
  • “Jesus is our only hope to get back to God so any time you see someone take the Lord’s Supper remember that Jesus has rescued us.”
  • “When we love God we obey him. Jesus helps us obey God and takes the punishment when we don’t obey or love God.”


For grade school children

  • Read through Luke 22 and 1 Corinthians 11 together and return to these passages when your family needs a refresher or you’re ready to talk about new aspects of communion with your child.
  • Learn at least the first part of the catechism together at home: What is the Lord’s Supper? “Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him.”

With this age group, you can spend more time unpacking different aspects of communion, the doctrines and the theology surrounding this holy moment we share with our church family when we Gather together. Return to the same concepts over and over again but try to add another layer of truth as you build a rich understanding of the Lord’s Supper for your children. Try explanations that are a little more in-depth like these:

  • “God loves people. In the Old Testament, God made a covenant, or a promise, with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. But God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God, and they didn’t love Him. By dying on the cross, Jesus became the passover lamb we needed and he made a new covenant for us, a covenant that he would keep perfectly for us. He died so that we could live with God and have our sin taken away. Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.”
  • “Not everyone will take the Lord’s Supper, only those who have repented of their sin and trusted Jesus for salvation. Jesus told his disciples to eat this meal to remember him and that’s what we are doing as disciples of Jesus right now.”
  • At this age, you can begin to have your child tell you the story of Jesus and ask them why we need to be reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice. If they are ready to take communion [see below], invite them to pray out loud for your family in taking communion sometimes so they can practice sharing the good news of Jesus in this tangible way.
  • Consider watching the Bible Project video on Sacrifice & Atonement with your older children.


Should my child take communion?

As a parent, you will need to wrestle with this question and decide if it is time for your child to take communion. This is a weighty decision so take your time and consider talking with your shepherding elder, your Missional Community, or godly friends and family to see how other parents have processed this decision with their children. Ask other mature believers in your child’s life if they have witnessed the evidence of a regenerate heart in your child. Remember that not everyone should take communion, only people who have repented of their sins and trusted Jesus for salvation. Your child needs the gentle reminders of God’s love for them and they need to understand that this is a meal for believers, disciples of Jesus. Pray for them to believe the gospel and trust in Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you share the truths of God and the hope of Christ with your children. Encourage your child to worship alongside you and celebrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection even if they don’t yet take communion/the Lord’s Supper. 

  • Have they given a convincing profession of faith in Jesus?
  • Are they showing fruit and evidence of conversion through obedience to and love for Jesus?
  • Do they understand and can they articulate the significance of communion?
  • Have they been baptized?

Resources we love: The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook; The Jesus Storybook Bible; “Should my child take communion?”; Bible Project video on Sacrifice & Atonement; the Greenbriar Church Podcast for episodes on parenting and gospel-centered conversations about kids!

Catechism Review

In their Sunday environments, your kids have been learning catechisms and Scripture to help build a foundation of biblical truth in their hearts and minds. In Greenbriar Gatherings your children may have an opportunity to recite a catechism or two that they have learned! We hope this helps reinforce that they belong and can fully participate as worshippers in our Gatherings.


TIP! As we rehearse catechisms we use this format: ask the catechism question; allow your child to answer; ask them, “where do we find this truth in the Bible?”; wait for the Scripture reference; ask them what that verse says; wait for them to recite the verse or verses.


Who made you? God made me

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them”

What else did God make?  God made all things.

Romans 11:36 ” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

Why did God make you and all things? For His own glory.

Psalm 19:11 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.

John 15:10 ” If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

Why ought you to glorify God?  Because He made me and takes care of me. 

Are there more gods than one? There is only one God.

Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

In how many persons does this one God exist? In three persons.

John 10:30 “I and the Father are one.”

Who are the three persons of God? The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jude 20-21 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” 

Where is God? God is everywhere.

Jeremiah 23:24 “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.”

Can you see God? No. I cannot see God, but He always sees me.

Psalm 139:1-2 “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.”

The Chosen TV Series

The Chosen on VidAngel

*As with all media, please preview this content to determine if it is appropriate for your children.

Helping Our Kids Worship in a Gathering

Social Stories

Use these social stories to help your youngest children process the changes to the worship Gatherings.

Seeing other people wearing masks

Helping our kids worship in the Gathering

Preparing our Children to Worship in a Gathering - A Guide for Parents as They Train up Their Children to Worship

We want to come alongside parents as we prepare our children for a new rhythm on Sundays! Our KIDS areas will be closed for a while in an effort to promote health and safety. Last week we explored how the gospel frees us up to worship genuinely during this season of family style Gatherings, and we encourage you to read that first. This week we wanted to share some practical ideas on how to make ready the heart of every member of your family to see and savor Jesus Christ each Sunday. Each child will have different needs and abilities and as a church family, we want to set the stage for all of our children to be able to worship with us genuinely. Our expectation is not to have a studious, quiet service. Rather our desire is to develop true worshipers, in ourselves and our children.

All worshippers are welcome at Greenbriar’s Gatherings, no matter their ability or age because all people are called to worship God.


Just a reminder, we have 3 hopes for our church body as we train our children to worship with us in a Gathering:

  1. That our children would worship God genuinely

  2. That parents would be able to worship

  3. That our fellow worshipers would not be distracted (but would be gracious no matter what!)


Set the expectation 

The best way to set up children to succeed in any new effort is to talk to them before, during, and after their experience. Share with your children that Sunday Gatherings are a time for all people to worship God. Tell them that they BELONG and are ABLE to listen and follow along with other worshipers. There are three big ways that we worship God on Sundays with other worshippers: with our bodies, with our voices, and with our minds! Walk your children through the order of the Gathering and explain to them how they can worship God during each section of the service.


We will worship God with our bodies

  • We will sit or stand next to our family instead of running or playing around the building.

  • We will use the restroom and get a drink of water before service.

  • When it’s time to sit, we will sit in our chair and sit upright. We will try not to wiggle.

  • We will keep our shoes on and keep our belongings to ourselves.

  • Follow along with the worshipers around us. When everyone is standing to read Scripture, we will too. When everyone stands to sing and dance, so will we! When everyone sits to listen to the sermon, we will sit to listen as well.


We will worship God with our voices 

  • If we need to talk to dad or mom when it’s quiet we will whisper.

  • When it’s time to sing or say a catechism or recite Scripture together, we will speak and sing out loud together!

  • We will pray together, take communion together (or watch mom and dad take communion) with a quiet and reverent voice.


Worship God with our minds 

  • This is our time to learn about God so we will do our best to focus our thoughts on what the pastor is saying. We listen to our pastor because he is teaching us the truths about God in the Bible. Listening to and reading the Bible is how we know God!

  • We will follow along with our sermon notes and Bibles (for our older children) or our coloring sheets (for our younger children) to help our brains listen better.

  • We can draw pictures of what we are hearing or write down things we heard.

  • We will save our questions for after the service when dad and mom can talk to us about what we heard.


Affirm, correct, reset! 

  • Ask them for feedback. “What did you learn about God today?” “Tell me about how you worshipped God.” “What were your favorite parts?” “Would you share about what you drew or the notes you took?” (see the Practice and Persevere section below for more ideas).

  • Affirm the behavior that you want to see: “you sat in your own chair and listened so well!” “I heard you singing loudly and I love that.”

  • Correct them where they need reminders for the next week: “If you need to talk to me next week you need to whisper.”

  • Consider offering a treat for the times when they put their best effort into worshipping God genuinely on a Sunday!

  • Follow through on your family’s form of loving discipline when they are willfully disobedient or disrespectful to you or the other worshipers.

  • Reset the following week, sharing that you expect them to worship with their bodies, their voices, and their minds, and they are going to be great at it!


You know your child best! If your child has different abilities or needs right now, please adjust your expectations and enjoy their progress as they try new experiences!


Practice in an Online Gathering

Online Gatherings are a perfect training ground for us right now! Try practicing at home first. Our children need the space to practice exercising self-control even when they don’t fully understand why you are asking them to sit still or it’s not particularly “fun” for them at first.

  • Instead of letting your little ones play freely while you watch the Gathering online from your couch, have them sit in your lap or on their blanket or in a designated chair so that they know this is a special time to worship God.

  • Talk with them beforehand sharing the expectation of worshipping with your body, voice, and mind.

  • Make this time special to help your children adjust. Have older children use a designated notebook for sermon notes and bring their own Bible. Have younger children bring a special tote with items they use only on Sundays.

  • Look up sensory strategies like using sit circles, weighted lap pads, or doing lap training/blanket training with your littlest ones who might need extra help extending their attention spans!

Again, you know your child best. Maintain realistic and loving expectations. But do share your expectations and start now! At this stage of their development, more is “caught” than is “taught”. They should be able to feel your eager joy to sing and listen and pray with the people of God. Sitting quietly may be harder for some children than for others but all children need to learn that they can do hard things with God’s help and all children can worship God genuinely!

Practice and Persevere!

The deep truths taught in the Sunday Gathering will be over your toddler’s head, and that’s ok! Our job as parents is to train our children in the gospel on their level at home throughout each week as we point them towards Jesus in all of life. There is so much good in exposing your little ones to the deep mysteries of the gospel which they cannot yet comprehend, just as they are immersed in the unknowns of the English language they are currently trying to learn. Everything is new to them. This is a good thing and a prime environment for them to learn to soak in and savor spiritual things from our God! You will also be surprised at how much they are learning, the phrases they catch, and the delight they begin to cultivate during this time of worshiping God heartily.

After each Gathering, discuss the things you enjoyed about worshipping God together. I like using these 4 questions in talking about a passage of Scripture. They can be tailored to help you review a Gathering with your child:

  1. What did you learn about God?

  2. What did you learn about people?

  3. What do you need to believe based on what we heard in the Bible?

  4. Is there anything you need to do from what you learned today?


This is a great opportunity to check in with your child in their growth as a whole person! You can ask them questions about what they thought, how they felt, what they believe right now about Jesus and God the Father, and what it means to trust Him. Share how you are repenting (turning from your desire to worship yourself) and believing in Jesus to save you from your sin (obviously do this in an age-appropriate way but our children need to see their parents repenting and turning to God in all of life!). We have the privilege of training our children to honor God, honor those around them, and begin to sow and water the seeds of discipline that will help them flourish for a lifetime.


We drew our encouragement and specific, helpful tips on family-style worship gatherings from John and Noel Piper and from Jen Wilken.

We have resources available to you on our Family Discipleship Resource page if you need ideas on establishing rhythms of discipleship or family worship at home.

Navigating Family Style Gatherings with Grace - A Letter for our Church Family

As we move into a time where our church family will enjoy family style Gatherings for a season, we must train ourselves and our children to prepare to encounter a living God and joyfully respond with worship! I’m praying this time will usher us into a renewed time of Christ-centered worship and discipline in our homes that will spill over into our time of gathered, in-person worship. One of our 5 hopes at Greenbriar is to be a family equipping church. That is, we partner with parents to help them lead their kids to be learners and followers of Jesus! We typically pursue this hope by providing gospel-saturated Sunday morning environments for our children, but in this season we have the opportunity to focus on developing ourselves and our children further as worshipers.


During this time, we have 3 hopes for our church body as we continue to train our children to worship with us in a Gathering:

  1. That our children would worship God genuinely
  2. That parents would be able to worship
  3. That our fellow worshipers would not be distracted (but would be gracious no matter what!)


The Posture of Worshipers

Training our children to approach Sunday Gatherings with awe and reverence is a corporate effort! As the local body of Christ, we lay aside our individual pursuits so that we may worship God (Colossians 3:16;  Ephesians 1:12; Ephesians 6:16-19), nurture and build up believers to a greater maturity in faith (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:12-13), and care for and evangelize those who are not yet believers in Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 11:29). Our children are either believers who need nurturing in their faith OR they are not-yet-believers who need to experience the extraordinary blessing and mercy of the gathered church. Sundays are a great benefit to us but they are not solely for us. In this season may we embrace the purpose of the gathered church because small eyes are watching us all!

“Children feel the difference between duty and delight!”, John Piper once wrote as he shared how their church family navigated a shift to a family integrated worship gathering. If our kids watch men singing loudly and visibly enjoying this time set aside to worship God, eventually they will too. If the women are engaged while the Scriptures are being taught and stirred by prayer and shared communion, eventually our children will be as well. We get to train our children in the behavior we expect them to exhibit in a worship Gathering both explicitly and by our own example of worshipping heartily and listening eagerly.  Over time our kids catch the attitude, the affection, the posture of those who love God and are ready to hear from Him. As you bring a reverent, and joy-filled spirit into a Sunday Gathering, our children will eventually follow.


Grace from fellow worshipers

If you do not have small children in this season of your life, this message is still for you! One way that you can serve your church family well in this transition time is to put the needs of families before your own desires for a quiet and studious service! We are all growing in grace right now, including our littlest worshipers. Children are full of energy and complexity as they navigate their new personhood. I encourage you to lay aside irritation towards any distraction they may create as they are learning to sit quietly in a Gathering. This is new for some of them and this is a time for them to practice a new skill. Invite the Holy Spirit to use difficult moments to reveal your own need for Christ. Pray for yourself. Pray for our littlest worshipers and for their parents. Jesus gives us a greater, purer and more loving perspective towards children than we naturally possess. Our littlest worshipers need time in corporate worship as well. Jesus saw the energy and enthusiasm that children are known for and was still abundantly tender towards them. May we follow his pattern in this and in every practice of life and godliness. We pray our children will one day follow Christ and glorify the Father in every aspect of their lives. We pray that every day until that day our children will have witnessed you, their church family, faithfully striving towards the same end with much joy and grace for all people!


A gospel reminder we need right now!

We are all feeling the strain of not gathering to worship in person for a prolonged period of time. We all long to gather. May we find hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ in these moments, brothers and sisters! May we remember that we are all broken sinners, separated from a glorious and good God. We are all in need of a Savior to bring us back into a right relationship with God. Daily, we need to turn to Christ as the only one sufficient to save us and sustain us. Weekly we will gather not to have our own needs met by a religious service but rather to humbly consider others as more important than ourselves and to look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2). The good news of Jesus is that we don’t save ourselves or defeat death or even bring about order or change in our own lives. We receive the good work from Jesus which he accomplished for us on the cross. We can submit to God with joy and freedom in the life we have in Christ. This is where true worship begins.


We drew our encouragement and specific, helpful tips on 

family style worship gatherings from John and Noel Piper and from Jen Wilken

We have resources available to you on our Family Discipleship Resource page if you need ideas on establishing rhythms of discipleship or family worship at home.