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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Parenting in the Pews
March 19, 2015

A few weeks ago, I began studying for a parenting breakout session on Parenting from the Pews. The purpose of the session was to lead parents in how they can disciple their children while they are worshiping together as a family in what many people refer to as "big church." The purpose of this lesson is to teach parents to connect their children to the worship of their Savior Jesus Christ, without simply entertaining them in church.

My personal feelings are that we have created a culture of "ME" Christians. Everything about the church is about what we can get out of it. Is the pastor engaging enough, does the church offer enough activities for my family, were the people friendly enough to me, did the facilities look nice; all of these are things that we look for in a church. However, what does God look for? I believe that we need to have a time and place for age-specific worship for our children. However, I also believe that we need to teach our children to connect with the whole body of Christ in order to mature them and help them be a part of offering up worship that is pleasing and acceptable to God.

Below are a few notes on how we can parent in the pew. I will be developing these more, but I wanted to get out the basic information so that parents can begin to look at how we disciple our children and how we lead them to worship Christ. I hope this is a blessing to you. Please feel free to comment and share any advise that you have as well. God Bless!!!

Practical Tips for Leading Family Worship: 
  • You must be spending time alone in the word first
  • Set a designated time for family worship
  • Make it a priority
  • Involve every member of the family
  • Pray together
  • Sing together
  • Read the Bible together
  • Ask questions about what the passage means and how it can be applied
  • Take turns letting older members of the family lead
  • Consider a catechism
  • Rehash the sermon, Sunday school lesson
  • Be flexible but try to stay focused. Write down questions that are off topic that can be used for later Bible studies
  • Don't skip family worship when friends are over. Invite them in to be a part.

 

 Tips for worship in the pew: 
  • Start at home
  • Prepare the night before (lay out clothes, get up a little earlier to give yourself time, go to bed on time)
  • Develop listening activities (i.e. Bible Bingo, color a picture of what the sermon is about, i.e the Bible Story, write down questions you may have about the sermon, listen yourself and think about possible application questions to ask later during family worship)
  • Encourage participation by song
  • Speak with your music minister and ask him or her to give you a list of 10 -15 most used songs in your church's worship service and begin teaching them at home to your kids
  • Let little ones that can't sing the songs make a joyful noise
  • Teach the liturgy of your church
  • Teach your kids to meet and greet during the fellowship time at your church
  • Encourage your kids to pray silently for the pastor, or to pray at the altar after the service for a need, friend, or response to the message (this can also be a part of active listening)
  • Leave the Ipad at home
  • Give them an age appropriate Bible and help them find their place in the Bible
  • Get plenty of rest the night before and limit the sugar intake during Sunday School and breakfast
  • Relax! It's okay if they aren't angels!

 

How to Get Your Pastor on Board: 
  • Pray for your pastor
  • Make an appointment during the week to meet with your pastor
  • Don't blame your pastor for something that he is not already doing
  • Ask your pastor to help you and your family
  • Ask your pastor if he has ever thought about having a family worship Sunday where the message is kid friendly and everyone comes into the worship together
  • If you are a pastor, let it be known that noise and crying is okay!
  • Consider setting up a family listening room for noisy children to be taken to and family's not miss the service
  • Encourage moms and dads!!!
  • Be respectful of attention spans
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