A Great Start to Sundays!

9 09 2013

how to guideAt this time of year, parents are overwhelmed with “how to’s” regarding the new school year…. how to find the best deal on school clothes, how to pack a healthy lunch, how to set up a well-organized homework area.

However, what are the “how to’s” for helping your child have a great year at church?

Here are a few ideas:

SleepPrepare the night before.  Lay out clothes and accessories, bathe the children, set Bibles and offering money near the door…anything you can do to eliminate as many time-consuming items in the morning will help you get out the door on time.

Go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Being well-rested will ensure that everyone will (1) get up and out the door and (2) help eliminate grumpy behavior – for parents AND kids.

BreakfastDon’t forget breakfast.  A full tummy will help kids focus better and again cut down on grumpy behavior.

 

 

Play up positives for church other than “fun”.  If you tell your child something like, “I’ll bet you’ll have lots of fun today!” and they don’t, they will likely resist wanting to go back.  Emphasize that worshiping and attending church is an important start to your week and that when we go to church, we can learn more about Jesus.

Commit to attending church regularly.  There are so many things that vie for your attention on Sunday mornings.  Make regular church attendance a priority for your family.  church_on_time

Arrive at church on time.  By doing so, your child is able to get settled in with minimal disruptions to the class.

Get to know your child’s teacher.  Your child’s teacher has committed to building a relationship with your child and sharing Jesus with him/her.  This relationship is a very important one to nurture.

calendarPut dates for children’s ministry activities on your calendar.  Information about what will be taught, memory verses, and special holiday activities will help you to encourage your child.

Ask the right questions.  Instead of asking, “Did you have fun today?” when you pick up your child, ask more specific questions such as,

“Tell me about your day.”; “What did you do today?”; “What did you like best?”  

Find ways that you can serve together as a family.  Participate in the church food and water drive, serve as ushers, greeters, or bake cookies for church events.  This will help your child feel like they are part of a larger community.  Family serve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 6:10-12 reminds us of the daily battle we face and provides us with THE way to win the war.  I hope these tips are helpful and get your Sundays off to a great start!