Editor's Note: This topic was created during the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak. It is meant to be a brainstorming and "how-to" discussion about what churches can do to engage children both during online worship services and during "in-person" services as churches reopen to varying degrees and capacities.
One of the particular concerns is what to do with children who would normally attend a "children's church" rather than regular worship with parents, but whose programs have been suspended during the pandemic and which may not be restarted as churches return to worshipping together with distancing restrictions.
I have heard from some friends and have seen posts on Facebook from others that their children are having a hard time participating in worship services while sitting in their living rooms and watching their televisions and computers.
And others are panicking about what they will do when their churches begin to meet again and families will have to worship together because they do not feel it is safe to offer children's programs initially.
Share your best ideas here, as well as your problems and concerns, so we can help one another.