There is more to engaging your children in worship than taking sermon notes.
Music also plays an important role in our corporate worship.
You can help your children with songs that are unfamiliar to them by teaching and discussing them at home. My music pastor lets me know what songs or hymns we will be singing the coming Sunday by e-mailing the service schedule to me once it is planned, usually mid-week. If you are not able to obtain this information in advance, it can be helpful to teach and discuss the songs even in the days following the service.
My favorite resource is The Complete Book of Hymns. It contains back-ground stories for many of the most frequently sung hymns and praise songs. Full lyrics are included but if you prefer to have the music, you will either need a hymn book or another resource such as another of my favorites, Then Sings My Soul. However, this one does not include praise and worship songs/choruses that are now popularly sung in many churches. Then Sings My Soul also has a special edition of Christmas and Easter hymns.
What I typically do is read the story behind the writing of the hymn, sing the song to the kids, and talk about portions of the lyrics. As often as I can, I will load the songs onto the ipod so we can listen to and learn the songs as we go about our day.
Another thing that will help you even while in the pew, is to ask your child to listen for what the key words or theme are of each song. It’s fun to see if all the songs sung have the same theme or not.
A fun little thing I do for my daughter that thrives on touch and sensory input, is to draw a cross on her with my finger every time we sing the word “cross”. You know my finger will be busy drawing a lot of crosses on her back and arms this month with Easter just weeks away!
Please comment with any tips you have to lead our children in worship through song.