When we worship, we surrender our entire life to God, and singing is not the only way to worship him. This means when we teach kids how to worship we must explain that even being of service to others can be considered an act of worship. According to SaddlebackFamily.com, worship may also include prayer, reading scripture and building relationships with other Christians.
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One way to teach kids how to pray is to have them pray at the beginning of each Sunday school lesson. Teach them to praise God, thank God and make their requests known to him. Kelly Henderson in her article "Teaching Sunday School Students How To Pray" suggests preparing cards for the students to select during prayer time. There should be three categories of cards -- Praise, Thank You and Request .
The praise card would provide examples of how to praise God. The card would read "I praise God because...". The thank you cards would have examples of things we can thank God for and the requests cards would have examples of requests they can make known to God.
Reading The Bible
In order to worship God, we have to have a clear understanding of who he is. We learn who God is by reading Scripture. According to SaddlebackFamily.com, the best way to learn who God is through reading Scripture, specifically the book of Psalms. Use creative ways to reiterate certain key verses. TeachKidsTheBible.com suggests using fun reinforcements that support the week's lesson, such as word search, colouring, jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Building Relationships and Serving
Kids can be taught to build relationships with other Christians with regular interactive fellowship activities. An example of these activities are outreach and ministry-oriented activities. These type of fellowship activities help kids to understand the importance of reaching out to their community, while meeting the needs of other individuals.
Obedience To God and Their Parents
Another way to worship God is through obedience. This makes it important to teach kids how much obedience makes God happy and why their parent's discipline them when they don't follow directions. Hem-of-his-garment-bible-study.org suggests playing a fun Christian movie or cartoon about the importance of obedience. Choose something that reinforces understanding boundaries and why we can't always do what we want. The website recommends "Cherub Wings" Christian cartoon series.
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