When we consider the words of Isaiah 55:11 we cannot help but look at our little ones and think that he is also talking to them. For our family the words of Isiah 55:11 ring in our ears that the Lords word "it shall not return to me empty". Well our current church hands out a children's sheet that covers some of the basic information from the passage."For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isiah 55:10-11
Our kiddos love it, in fact they love it so much they work on it during the sermon and do not listen to the Pastor. It has become for us a distraction from the word of God. That said there is not anything wrong with the sheet itself in fact we will have them complete the sheet when we get home after service but during service if you are old enough we want you to listen to the word of God and taking notes. Because it accomplishes that which it purposes.
Our youngest Children, who are 3 year old twins, get a spiral and a pen or a crayon to write in. I may write a picture from the story or like today I drew a turkey using Bubba's hand because the sermon was on Thankfulness at our friends church. But they just scribble, color & draw in it which is preparing them to take actual notes when they get a bit older.
Our next youngest child is 8 and she uses this two page form Sermon Worksheets for Kids from Forest Baptist Church:
Although I was unable to get a good copy from their site this form is 2 sheets long and it asks her if they took offering, were the ordinances done. We are Baptist so this Baptism and Lord Supper so this causes her to think about what she is seeing and becoming an active participant. The second page has a space for the child to draw two pictures that pertain to the sermon.
Our older two children in 10 & 15 (Autism delays) use Printable Sermon Note taking sheet for kids from Ministry for Children
Since our kiddos are still young we wanted something that help would train them to pay close attention to the sermon and that would guide their note taking. this is a pretty simply form that they write down verses used, main verse, words they don't know and a place to state "What should they do" which really translates to how shall I live this out in my life.
Each of these forms are free and the links for them are found above.
Finally, we review what they learned during the sermon at dinner time and they get their little note sheets out as a reminder.I think we are going to build in some sort of rewards during this time for good listeners! I am planning on having these sheets bound into spiral books for the children as one of their meaningful Christmas Gifts.
It is our belief that his word will "accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11 so we press on with training our kiddos to sit and listen carefully to pastor. Because it is time well spent, when you are abiding and listening to the word of God!
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