Pew Projects – Engaging children in worship

Parable of the weedsHow can we engage children in worship when many of our services are geared towards auditory learners?

I was interested to read how one church have experimented with what they’ve termed “Pew Projects“:

I work at a church that is firmly committed to keeping children in worship. For us the question is, how do we keep children engaged in worship? This is an especially important question as we look at current trends in Sunday school attendance.

Something we’ve introduced to aid children during the sermon portion of worship is Pew Projects. It goes something like this: just before the the primary Scripture text for the sermon the children are invited forward. I give them something to listen for in the reading and a project they can work on in their pew.

For more information check out what they did with the Lord’s Prayer.

Do you do anything similar in your church?

London School of Theology Youth & Worship Intensive Course

London School of Theology are hosting another three day intensive on Youth and Worship in January 2016.

Youth & Worship Intensive Course

It will be ideal for youth leaders and worship leaders, and will feature Sam from Engage Worship, Amy from Youthscape/schoolsworkUK and Marcelle from Hillsong.

Who could you tell about this? More info and booking from London School of Theology.

Worship resources for Refugee Crisis

Engage Worship have produced some worship resources linked to the refugee crisis:

We thought you would want to know that we’ve just uploaded a video which we hope will help churches engage prayerfully with the issues surrounding the European refugee crisis this weekend.  It is based on a song called ‘You are a Refuge (Arms)’ from RESOUNDworship.org‘s Ben Atkins, and features scripture and encouragements to pray, act and welcome.

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We also have a page with other ideas of resources and links for connecting your church with a worshipful response to this tragedy.

Engage Worship Day 2014

Engage Worship Day

Engage Worship are hosting a training day on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Stopsley Baptist Church in Luton.  This year’s theme is “engaging EVERYONE in worship”, and they’ll be modeling and exploring how gathered times of worship can be inclusive and engaging for people of all ages, character-types and backgrounds.

As part of this they’re encouraging you to bring your whole team and their families – they’ll have a supervised creche running during the two workshop sessions.  The morning workshop will include a streamed, supervised 5-11’s session with BIG Ministries, whilst the afternoon workshops and gathered worship will be open and accessible for all.

The day will be led by Sam and Sara Hargreaves and will include contributions from the engagebandLondon School of Theology staff, students and graduates; the Junk Tank team; BIG Ministries; and Music and Worship Foundation consultants.

Tickets cost £15 (over 18s), £10 (5-18 year olds) and £5 (under 5s).  Group offer of £60 for 5 people (SAVE £15 before 25th Jan!)

Book online here or download the pdf booking form.

Books I have read: Shine on, Star of Bethlehem

Shine on, star of Bethlehem

Years ago when I was first in ministry I picked up a copy of Shine on, Star of Bethlehem by Geoffrey Duncan.  The book is a huge worship resource for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

Geoffrey Duncan is well known for producing great prayer and worship anthologies, and this Christmas resource does not disappoint.  What makes this resource so helpful is the variety – both in terms of content – be it welcoming prayers to final blessings to full orders of services; but also in terms of style and age – I’ve felt very comfortable using this with children and young people as well as with older adults.

This is one of the resources I come back to time and time again during the Christmas season – if you don’t have it I recommend you get hold of it.