Right now, we do not have Worship 411. Most kids are sitting in the worship service with their parents. For our little bit older kids, I wanted to provide a resource to help the children engage in the sermon.
Today I read a blog that gave the idea for a sermon note taking worksheet and notebook. I thought this was a wonderful idea and excellent tool for helping children engage in a time that is more adult centered. If you'd like to read the original blog post that includes a copy of the form, click here. I will be making these forms available at the Family Ministry kiosk beginning this Sunday morning.
If a child would like to earn a Bible Buck for filling one out, all they have to do is show it to me sometime within that week. I'll initial the page and give them a Bible Buck.
The author of the original blog post let their children decorate a binder and place copies of the sermon worksheet in the binder so they could keep a journal of the sermons. You may even include a little pouch for pens, pencils and map colors. Younger kids may write some words but are not ready to fill in such a large amount of information. I have often encouraged River to draw pictures of the sermon. Either way, children are listening and interpreting what they are hearing so learning is facilitated. As a parent, you could use their sermon worksheet during the week to follow up with the children during their devotional time.
As a person who tends to learn best visually and who enjoys taking notes, I can see a very real benefit to using a worksheet like this even for myself. What a great tool to teach children early.