Tagged: Church notes
For those whose children sit with them during the church sermon… what are some CM ways to help a Form 1 child better retain/comprehend information from the sermon? His penmanship still needs work, and I realize that 30+ minutes is too long for him to exercise the habit of attention, although I do want to foster good habits during the sermon. Should he still write down what he hears, as sloppy (and sporadic) that would be? Or would a drawn narration be more appropriate? Open to any ideas! Thanks. 🙂retrofamParticipant
Drawing works or if your pastor has notes on the screen, a title, etc. they can copy that. Also, you can write key words on their paper for them to copy.
There are several Sermon Notes journals too. Busy Books: Sermon Notes for Kids by, Darlene Schacht and Madison Schacht is one.TristanParticipant
Our family service (first hour of church) is broken up a bit differently than some may be. It runs like this:
- Speaker 1 (a youth speaker, sharing their testimony)
- Speaker 2
- Speaker 3 (sometimes there are just 2 speakers and none are youth)
For our children, the first half (through the end of partaking of the sacrament) is done without distractions – no paper/pen/crayons for the 10 kids age 1-17. This is the most reverent time, kids are encouraged to sing the songs, listen to prayers, etc.
Once we reach the first speaker the kids can choose to have paper and something to draw/write with. They still sit reverently, no talking, no play. They doodle, take notes, listen to the speakers, sing the songs, etc. Or just sit quietly and snuggle up to mom/dad/older sibling.
The second hour everyone goes to class with their own age.
Our tradition is to ask for kids to share things they did/learned/thought/heard during church over lunch and dinner (oral narration). Everyone, including mom and dad, take turns. We’ve done it since each was tiny. It works well.
Is our pew always quiet and reverent? Ha! No. We’ve had babies and toddlers and preschoolers for almost 18 years in a row now. We simply are consistent in our expectations. If a young child is a distraction they are removed from the chapel and sit on a parent’s lap in a dark classroom to listen to the service (a built in speaker in most classrooms allow us to turn it on and listen). The keys to this: going out is NOT fun. They don’t get to walk, play, sit on their own, have paper and crayons, etc. We don’t talk with them. It is preferable to be in the church service because being taken out means total boredom.
Thanks, retrofam. 🙂
We don’t have a screen, but the pastor emails bulletins beforehand to prepare us for the next worship service. There he lists the songs to be sung, the sermon title, and which scripture passages he plans to go over. Perhaps I could make copywork from those passages.
I do have a sermon notebook for my son, although he just sloppily writes easy words he hears like, “the,” “to,” etc. Maybe I can include copywork in his notebook.
We, too, try to make sure our children sit reverently the time before the sermon. We are blessed that they do so without much issue, although they can get wiggly and restless during the sermon. (I can imagine it must be interesting with 10 kids!)
My son did a pretty good oral narration of the sermon today – yay! It wasn’t very long, but I could tell he was clearly listening. That’s a good idea to include the parents and other siblings to join in on the narration.
Thanks for your response. 🙂
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