15 Ways to Help Students to Enjoy Corporate Worship

10703600_313269798855556_3788653739346013651_nParents, do you desire that your teenagers, little ones, and students enjoy worship? Does it appear that they many times just do not get much out of the corporate times when the Church communes to adore God? I have some suggestions to help with this. Students become what they behold. They tend to mimic what they see. We are to be imitators of God (Eph. 5:1), but the apostle Paul also told the Corinthians to follow him as he followed Christ (1 Cor. 11:1; see also Phil. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:7, 9; Heb. 13:7). Here are fifteen suggestions that will help your children enjoy the corporate worship time more.

  1. Stay off your iphones, ipads, and other electronic devices. You’re there to worship; not let others know you’re there to worship. Facebook can wait.
  2. Take notes during the sermon. Do not merely doodle. We dare not be mere hearers of the Word.
  3. Do not go to sleep during the sermon. If it is necessary, eat a better breakfast, drink some coffee beforehand, or ask someone to wake you if you doze. Sleeping communicates to the students that God is boring and worship is just not that important.
  4. Parents, do not fight before, during, or after Church. The worst place to be a hypocrite is at home.
  5. Tithe and give often. Show them that Christ is our Treasure and we are stewards of everything he gives us.
  6. Ask your children about the sermon and other aspects of the service on the way home and during the week. Look for practical ways to apply what you learned during daily life.
  7. Attend Sunday school or a small group yourself during the week. Worship is a daily endeavor (Rom. 12:1-2).
  8. Avoid checking your watch or phone for the time.
  9. Encourage the pastor after he finishes preaching or during the week.
  10. Try not to have sideline discussions during the service about lunch plans, what you saw on TV, or the latest trend. Keep your mind and heart engaged throughout.
  11. Joyfully and loudly sing even if you don’t have the best singing voice.
  12. Reverently yet gratefully partake of the Lord’s Supper. It is the Lord’s Table; not his tomb.
  13. Ask your children questions and explain different or difficult concepts, terms, and activities that occur during the service. A student asked me recently why we bow our heads and close our eyes during prayer. Leave no stone unturned.
  14. Never gossip about other believers, give them dirty looks, or refuse to show anything but love and respect.
  15. Enjoy God yourself. If the worship of God is boring and lackluster to you, of course your teenagers won’t enjoy Him themselves.

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