Summertime Sundays for Children

Nursery is available for infants through 4 year olds from 8:45-12:15 every Sunday morning. Care is provided by paid personnel and supported by background checked volunteers.

There will be no Children’s Church during the summer (June 4th – August 6th.)  We welcome children of all ages to join us in the worship services. Worship bulletins will be provided inside the worship bags and at the welcome areas.

 

5 Tips for Helping Kids Learn to Pray

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  1. It’s Never Too Early to Begin

There is nothing more precious than a 14-month-old folding his hands and bowing his head to listen to an adult pray. Or, when a toddler repeating after her momma prays, “Thank you for the food”. It is never too early to begin laying a foundation of communication with God, making it a natural part of their daily lives.

  1. Model Honest Prayers

It is important for our children to hear us pray. Just as Jesus modeled prayer for his disciples in Luke 11, we too must take time to model prayer for our children. We can further encourage them by having them pray after us, thereby giving them something to copy.

  1. Pray Continually

I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.” Model short, one-sentence prayers of praise or requests in day to day experiences; “Thank you Jesus for the beautiful butterfly”, “Father, help us to feel better”. As we pray, we are teaching our children to pray continually.

  1. Make Prayer the Go-To Reaction

Memorize Philippians 4:6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Paul instructs us to not even step into the circle of anxiety. Immediately, we are to go to God in prayer. It is important to help our children learn to do the same. Of course as parents we want to comfort them but we also want to teach them to go to the true source of   comfort. We hope for it to be so ingrained that by the time the teenage years come, our children automatically take their concerns to God.

  1. Prioritize Prayer

If we desire our children to spend quality time conversing with God, we have to make it a priority in our own lives. There’s not enough energy or time, we can reason when we are busy working and raising small children but this may be the time we need that quiet time with God the most.

Impress (prayer) on your children. (pray with your children) when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:7

 

Adapted from a blog by Heidi Franz at https://whatsinthebible.com/helpings-kids-learn-prayer/

 

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