Church leaders and Christian parents are beginning to put more emphasis on the role of the family in the spiritual development of children. This is a good development. Everyone can agree that when the church and parents work together, its the next generation that benefits.
This page is a list of practical resources to encourage families to worship together at home. A regular time of family devotions can change the spiritual climate and make a lasting difference in the lives of children. I will continue to add to this page over time, so leave me a comment to recommend a resource.
Training Parents to Lead Family Worship
Family Worship Guidebook (PDF) -- This is a simple 10 page booklet I wrote to help families in our church begin the practice of having devotions together at home. I used it as part of a coaching process, but it could be helpful as a simple printed resource as well. It includes four sections. 1.Basic information to help you get started 2.Principles for family worship 3.Three sample plans for family devotions 4.Additional ideas for after you start. You have my permission to print multiple copies of this resource for your ministry.
Family Worship Workshop Notes (Zip File) -- This is an unedited collection of lesson plans, worksheets, and other material I created to teach a 13 week parents Sunday School class about Family Worship. Once you unzip these files, you can edit them in Microsoft Word as you like. At some point I will revise this material to post on the website, but if you are teaching your church about Family Worship this will be a helpful resource.
Resources for Family Worship
Resources from Sojourn Kids -- Jared Kennedy has complied an impressive list of resources to teach young children to love God. This is mainly a list of links to printed materials, but you can download their excellent SojournKids Family Worship Guide (PDF). This list is very comprehensive and has suggestions for music, catechisms, story Bibles, family devotional books, and Bible memory. They also suggest specific resources for different age groups of children. You should also check out their new children’s book that teachers about family worship.
You might also enjoy a new website called “The Family Worship Project.” It has some solid articles and resource for families in your church.
Printable Family Devotions
Family Worship for Easter -- Print off this simple devotional worksheet to help parents and children celebrate Christ’s resurrection together at home.
Family Devotions for Springtime -- The changing weather and new life points us to the Glory of God.
Family Devotions for Summertime -- These 5 on-the-go devotionals make it easy to take your faith along this summer on family outings.
Family Devotions You Can Eat -- Some fun devotionals related to food & cooking themes in the Bible.
Family Devotions for the Big City-- Try these creative ideas for a talking about God with your kids when you travel to big cities.
Family Devotions using Bugs -- There are more creepy crawlies in the Bible than you may think. Your kids will remember this one for many years.
Free Music for Family Worship
One simple way to lead music during family devotions is to sing along with an appropriate worship song video on the Internet. Here are a few of my favorite. These are all free to watch via YouTube.
- “Don’t Let Anyone Look Down On You” Video — This is a scripture song based on 1 Timothy 4:12.
- “Do Not Be Anxious” — Another great Bible verse song from Philippians 4:6-7.
- “Cast Your Cares on the Lord” — This is one of my personal favorites from Psalm 55:22.
- “Books of the Bible Song” — This is a fun way to learn the books of the Bible,
- “Revelation Song” a song for gown-ups but kids love it too
- The Baptist Catechism Set to Music -- Here are little doctrinal questions that some families have found a helpful way to learn Bible truth via song. I mixed the first nine into videos so you can sing along while reading the words.
Faith Focused Family Church Bulletin Insert -- You can print this off to encourage parents in your church with 5 practical ways to integrate faith into the home.
Why Use a Children’s Catechism? This article used a Q & A format to explain what is a catechism and how it can help children learn about God.
10 Easy Bible Memory Verses for Children -- Here is a collection of short and easy to learn Bible verses. You can work on these together as your Bible devotion during family worship. Simply ask questions to help the children understand the verses while you learn them.
Family Worship Ideas for Christmas & Advent -- Try these simple ideas to focus your home of Christ during the holiday season. Includes suggestions for meaningful traditions to encourage kids to love God.
Family Discipleship in the Summertime -- Here are some practical tips to help parents be consistent in their spiritual leadership during the summer break. This would be helpful to print and distribute around your church before school lets out.
“Barnabas Bear” Family Ministry Idea -- This is a creative approach to stay connected with kids who are away from church during their family vacations. It also provides a visual reminder to the kids and parents to keep up with their devotions while away from home.
Follow our latest blog posts about the family ministry or ask a question in our family ministry forum.
Need More Ideas? Browse our list of children’s sermons or kids Bible lessons that can also be shortened to use as family devotions.