In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children observe a worship service.
Tell the children they will observe a worship service to identify rituals.
Coordinate plans for the group's attendance at worship with the children's families and the congregation's worship leaders.
On the day of the service, gather the children 15 minutes beforehand. Brief the children on appropriate behavior in worship. Provide Handout 1, Worship Rituals at My Congregation and crayons or pencils. Ask families or other adults who will sit with the group to be ready to help children fill out the handout quietly during the service or immediately afterward. Suggest the adults use the printed Order of Service to help children remember what they observed.
Discuss the handouts with the group with questions such as:
The purpose of the discussion is to make sure the children have a meaningful understanding of the concepts of signs and rituals. Accept all responses.
When you conclude the discussion, you may wish to collect the completed handouts, so children will have them handy when the Signs group talks about worship in future sessions.
If the group includes children who have difficulty sitting through a worship service in the sanctuary, consider using an alternate space (such as a Crying Room), or plan to take the children out before the sermon.
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Last updated on Friday, July 12, 2013.
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