Teach your children to listen to the sermon and stay focused during church with these free Sermon Notes and Listening Pages for kids!
For many years, we attended Family Integrated churches where the parents purposefully kept their children in the church service rather than creating a Children’s Church to send them to during the sermon. We have always tried to keep our children in the church service as much as possible no matter what kind of church we attended simply because we believe our children deserve to worship right alongside us, their parents.
One of the biggest fears of a young mama in a family-integrated church setting (or any time she takes her children to a place where they are expected to be quiet) is the fear of her children making a terrible racket all throughout the service and totally disrupting everyone’s worship time. (Ask me how I know.)
We bring in toys and coloring pages and a million other distractions, but then we wonder if they are soaking up any of the actual teaching that is going on at church. We know we want to worship as a family, but we don’t seem to be very good at it.
A few years ago during a church service, I happened to glance over at another family’s well-behaved children and realized they were all sitting there with some sort of worksheet and a pen, listening quite intently to all that was going on. Curiosity got the better of me and after the service I casually walked over to where they had been sitting to sneak a peek at what had been captivating their interests.
The worksheets contained a list of hand-written “church” words and the children were putting tally marks next to each of the words as they heard them in the service.
I decided to make my own and make them available to my readers here on Raising Arrows! May they bless you as much as they have blessed us!
How to use the Free Sermon Notes for Kids:
- Download your FREE Sermon Listening Pages.
- Print off several copies before church next Sunday.
- Explain to your children that they will listen for the words on their page to be said by the pastor or anyone else speaking on Sunday during church. Every time they hear one of the words on their page, they will make a tally mark.
- Encourage them to make notes or drawings related to the sermon in the blank frame on the right side.
- After church, discuss which words they heard the most. (This will also give you an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the sermon!)
NOTE: All 5 Listening Pages are different, so you can switch out pages all throughout the month!
As an added bonus, my friend Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner (who did all the formatting for these listening pages!), has created a non-reader version of these Sermon Notes so your little ones can join in as well!
Ready for the next step in taking Sermon Notes?
Check out this Sermon Notebook from Not Consumed…