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Hi friends, I need a lesson idea for teaching "why we welcome each other to worship" 

  • early elementary
  • something for kids that in one session explain why we are doing a service.
  • and why our service begins with a "welcome," shake hands with a neighbor.

This is part of our teaching about worship "milestone" series.

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Hi Shirley,

Is this lesson intended to be one in a series of lessons on other "milestones" such as prayer and Communion, and this is the one about worship?

Please give us more details so that we can know how to help.
-- Carol

Couple of ideas for you:

Worship is something we do together, it requires cooperation and trust, and we want it to be a friendly experience.  It echoes Mark 9 that when we welcome others, we are welcoming Christ.

The Welcome sets the tone, and often the welcome is accompanied by HANDSHAKES.

Handshakes say a lot about you and about the person who's hand you are shaking. It's an exchange of information:  Are you friendly? Can I trust you? Do I feel cared for? Are you or I just going through the motions? Do I want to come back here?  Am I safe here?  

I would practice handshaking with kids, and have a little fun with some bad handshakes. What goes into a good handshake? How do you hold your hand? How long? Where do you look?  What do you say?  These are all things children need to be taught, and they need to understand that it is a MESSAGE they are sending about their heart.

Next question: How do we show our welcome to God?
How do we give God a handshake with our hearts, with our body language?
This could involve various fun "posture" skits, --how to show God you care, are paying attention, are ready to hear God's Word, (and how not too!).   And such postures can also turn you into a teacher to others, especially younger children.

I would do all these things with some fun examples of "how not to make people feel welcome," "how not to put people in a worshipful mood," etc.   




Scriptures:

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
... I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
1 Peter 5:13  
"...Greet one another with a kiss of love."
Though this one comes from 1 Peter, throughout Paul's letters there are SEVERAL repetitions of this admonition to "greet one another with a kiss."  Apparently that is how they welcomed each other in the New Testament church. 

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