A few months back we blogged about children in corporate worship. Our covenant children are a gift from God, and including them in the covenant community during times of worship is important because this is where the Word is preached and the sacraments are administered. We mentioned in the article various ways of training children for worship, and now we would like to share with you some sermon note sheets that you can print for your own children. We hope you find them helpful.
You’ve probably had the experience of having your mind wonder during a sermon. Honestly, it doesn’t take much. At our church, as we look at the pastor during the sermon, we also look at a large window behind him. Almost every Sunday a couple of birds fly at the window repeatedly. Sometimes this continues the entire service. So what do you think people (especially the children) are talking about as we leave? The birds.
Note taking helps me stay focused. Plus, when I write things down I remember them more easily. These sheets for children give them the opportunity to think about the sermon as well as the hymns and worship songs they sing. They are great for discussion on the ride home or later at lunch as a family.
The sheets can be printed on regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper. There are two for preschool-age children, one for boys and another for girls. These are color sheets that parents can explain before the service so that children understand the Word of God preached is like seed being planted.
Children age 5 and older can use their sheets with parental help, listening for the listed words as they hear the sermon. Young people age 10 and older should have not problem following the directions on their sermon note sheets. We hope these are helpful to your family as you train your children for worship.
This “Sermon Notes” sheet is for ages 5+.
This “Sermon Notes” sheet is for ages 10+
This sheet is for preschool boys.
This sheet is for preschool girls.