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Preparing You Kids for Church Online

Hi Anthem Families! We are excited to have you join us via livestream during this unique season of life. We know it may be intimidating to think about engaging in an hour-long livestream with kiddos of all ages so we wanted to provide some tips and suggestions for engaging them.

Preparation for Worship

Gather your family and bibles

Put toys and screens away and sit down around the table together

Pray and invite the Holy Spirit to come fill your home.

Don’t expect this time to go “perfectly”. It won’t. Don’t be afraid of a bit of chaos :)

Open your bibles and read a Psalm together

If your kids can read, have them each take a turn! Even if your kiddos are toddlers, have them “follow along” in their bible and ask if they want a turn “reading” out loud. 

Ask your kids if anything in particular stood out to them from the reading. It may be like pulling teeth, but you also may be surprised by their answers! They don’t always totally get it but at least they are understanding that God’s word is something important and relates us to Him.

Share something brief that stood out to you.

Pray over what you feel God is doing in your kids and home.

Prepare for Anthem Online

Open up Anthem Online in your preferred format (church online or Facebook), and if you're able, AirPlay it to your TV! 

Prepare your household for this time. You know your kids best, but here are some suggestions:

-- Toddlers and preschoolers set them up in a familiar space and have toys, books and snacks on hand to give out…

-- Elementary/Middle School/ High School: 

-- Explain to them what is going on. “The church can’t gather together at the building this morning because we want to love our community well and keep people healthy, so we are gathering online! Technology is so cool!”

-- Invite them to listen in and encourage them to write down something they learned, and any questions they have.

A note from Sherry (and Bert):

I know there will be lots of kids who won’t be able to sit through the hour, or if they do, won’t be able to tell you what they heard. It’s tough! They may need to go play, watch a show or whatever. This is obviously something very new that they aren’t used to, so grace and patience is the name of the game! 

What you show them by example about the importance of the church and seeking Him together in these times will be more powerful than anything, and hopefully these tips can help you be prepared in moments that they are able to engage! Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy these discipleship moments with your family.

Praying this is a fruitful season for your family!

Love, 

Sherry (and Bert!)