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Kids Listening Guide


Worshipping as a family can be where some of the sweetest memories are made. It’s those memories that leave a lasting impression on a child. They may not remember the sermon title or a specific offertory song, but they’ll remember the experience of worship.  They might remember snuggling up next to you in a pew, a hymn that’s sung often, perhaps a sermon illustration that really clicked, or even watching you take communion. Worship is an experience that is meant to be shared.

All children are learning to worship by watching you and everyone around them. Through our worship as adults, we are teaching by example what it looks like to worship a living God. Children are sponges who watch and listen and then do as we do.  Whether it’s singing, praying, taking communion, standing at a baptism or simply listening to the sermon, engage your children to participate with you. This is also a great opportunity for you to encourage your children to grab a listening guide and take notes or simply draw a picture of the key point or lesson learned from the sermon.

Southwood Kids Listening Guide is provided to guide children through the service. It helps them focus their listening. It’s a teaching tool for you, as parents, to guide your children through corporate worship. Let this tool help you in discussions with your child after the service to dig a little deeper, or perhaps answer questions that they might have concerning the sermon or segment of the worship service.

As we close our study on Jonah and end our Kids Moment with Pastor Will, we don’t have to stop having teachable moments in the pews with our kids. Grab a listening guide on your way into the sanctuary and continue the momentum of your children engaging in worship. They are listening and watching whether it seems like it or not. Corporate worship as a family is just another way to experience and express grace with your children.