"It can be as short as 5-10 minutes. The goal is to establish a foundation and daily practice to build upon."
Times have changed. Church gatherings, school, and most social activities have been moved online. Travel and vacation plans have been cancelled or altered significantly. But with this great disruption to ‘normal life’, comes the great opportunity to evaluate what we make time for. This summer is a perfect time to introduce Family Worship. Author Andy Crouch wrote, “The most powerful choices we will make in our lives are not about specific decisions but about patterns of life.”
Below you will find a Family Worship PDF Guide, dates for our Family Worship Forums, and summer family challenges to go along with our reading plan.
What is Family Worship?
Simply put, Family Worship is a daily time together that creates a pattern and practice of putting God at the centre of our homes! Both Scripture and church history show us the importance of intentionally honouring and passing on the ways of the Lord in our homes.
Family Worship consists of reading God's word, praying, and singing together as a family. It can be as short as 5-10 minutes–the goal is to establish a foundation and daily practice to build upon.
Family Worship is for all families—whether you're a newlywed couple, empty nesters, or a family the size of a football team!
Why Family Worship?
Even the mention of this topic tends to generate a feeling of discouragement for many. As Christians, we know we should spend time reading, praying, and worshipping as a family, but struggle to find the motivation, courage, or consistent rhythm for our family to engage in this way. Some families do well with daily worship, some are doing their best to fit it in when possible, and some wouldn’t know where to start even if they wanted to.
Underneath it all, we desire to see our spouses and kids thrive in their faith. The way we structure our homes and the things that capture our attention are building a foundation for our families in profoundly important ways.
How To Get Started
The stage of your family and the age of your children (if you have them) will obviously impact and partially dictate what these times will look like. We've put together a pdf guide for a more in-depth look at how Read, Pray, and Sing can be practiced.
In the document you'll find a summer reading plan, song recommendations and resources, tips to making Family Worship realistic and lasting, and other resources to help you get started. If you want to read more about Family Worship there are several books listed there as well.
Family Worship Forums
What are Family Worship Forums? We'll be holding some Zoom meetings over the summer, where you can come and discuss how things are going with Family Worship in your household, ask questions, and get ideas.
Sunday, July 19, 1pm
Sunday, August 16, 1pm
Please register here: https://wchurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/479626
Family Worship Challenges
To go along with the summer reading plan, we've put together some fun challenges that tie into some of the passages you will be reading together! A new challenge will be posted every other week!
Challenge #1: Growing Deep Roots
Mark 4: The Parable of the Sower
Challenge #2: Making something new
Acts 9: The Conversion of Paul
Make sure to send pictures of your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Challenge #3: Praise him
Acts 16: Paul and Silas in Prison
Challenge #4: masterpiece theatre
Book of Jonah
Challenge #5: Nature walk
Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd