Family Worship should be like a good family meal
by Graeme Young - [printer version]
Family Worship is meant to be different from other times of worship. just as Family Meals are not the same as Children's parties or Adult Dinner Parties.
Children's parties are geared completely for children, and the adults involved adjust their behaviour accordingly to fit in with the party. Adult Dinner Parties are geared for Adults who have been invited. Children are not normally included, but if they are present they are expected to fit in with the needs of the occasion.
Family Meals. however, are for everyone - from the youngest to the oldest -and should be relaxed. enjoyable and satisfying for them all.
When arranging a Family Worship time or a Family Service. we are aiming for the "Family Meal" type of experience. (There are other times of worship when the "Children's Part" or "Adult Dinner Party" are the appropriate style to follow).
Here are some of the features for Family Meals which apply equally well to times of Family Worship:
A Family Meal that has gone well and has been appreciated by everyone present is a great joy to Mum & Dad. In the same way, applying these guidelines to our times of Family Worship should result in a family who are blessed, and a Father who is delighted with his children.
This article is taken from the introduction
to the songbook for Family Worship 1 - Let Praise Break Out and
may be reproduced as long as the author and source is acknowledged.