While my congregation worshiped online, I continued my weekly task of preparing a students’ worship guide for our congregation. The only difference was that PDFs were emailed (or mailed to families without printers) instead of sitting on clipboards in the sanctuary with colored pencil bags. Generally there is a coloring sheet, a word search, and a reflective drawing or writing activity based upon the day’s scripture and sermon outline.
Now that we are worshiping again in-person, the student worship guides are still available online for those who are more comfortable watching worship online at home. Currently those coming to worship make reservations and let us know how many copies of the student guide they would like. Those are printed and put in a gallon baggie with adult worship guides and the bags are waiting on the reserved seats for each family (we have chairs rather than pews and currently we set them up in family groups with 6' space between them).
Your favorite search engine will help you find coloring sheets and puzzles. Here are a few of my favorite sites:
- One Page Printable Bible Stories
- One Page Printable Bible Stories, Old Testament
- Christianity and Bible Coloring Pages
- Calvary Curriculum
- And there are a variety of blogs and things where people have posted Bible verses for coloring and reflection, such as Marydean Draws printables by scripture
- and more linked here.
This is the word search generator that I like to use. I also usually include a generic sermon note page, such as these by Path Through the Narrow Gate (you may have to give your email to access this site, but you will receive lots of nice free coloring pages and things).
I am attaching a few of my kids' worship guides, so you can see what sorts of things I include each week. (4/19 was a bit different format than usual; Scripture was the passage from Acts 1 about the disciples gathered in the upper room to pray and the sermon was about waiting and praying.)
Christie Thomas has a helpful poster in her blog to help you (and the parents in your congregation) think about ways children can respond to Scripture (and to sermons). During worship, draw it, write it, and play it (with PlayDoh, LEGO, dolls) would be most appropriate.
Another great idea to introduce children (and adults) to during scripture reading and sermons is Scripture Doodling. See our article here. Scripture Doodling will be particularly effective if parents know the Bible passage in advance and can print out the scripture with doodling space and read the passage with early readers.