Wondering if a sermon notebook is necessary? You will love how it will help your kids get more out of the sermon and GROW in faith!
I grew up in the church. Twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays, I would sit next to my mom in the pews. I remember gazing up at the stained glass windows for what seemed like hours and hours each time we went to church. Sometimes my sister and I would draw “sermon notes” on the church bulletin, but let’s just say those notes weren’t so focused on the actual sermon.
Sadly, I don’t remember much of anything all of those pastors preached. As a result, when I grew up and life threw curveballs into my neatly manicured white-picket-fence life, I had little foundation to help me. In fact, I almost become one of those statistics.
I desperately needed a personal faith. I had the Christian label and a salvation story, but zero application of that in my own life.
If there is anything I want to do as a parent, it’s to make sure this doesn’t happen to my kids. I can’t guarantee they will choose to have a personal relationship with Christ, but I can make sure they have the foundation and teaching they need to understand why they would want one.
As parents, God commands us to teach our children diligently, to provide for them, and to live a Christ-like example before them. Of course, this starts at home with an intentional plan for devotions for kids. But we can’t stop there.
What we do in the pews of our local churches is crucial to the spiritual growth of our kids.
I can’t wait to show you how a sermon notebook will help you provide the foundation your kids need!
Why take sermon notes?
When both of my girls began attending worship with me, I had some very clear ideas of what I wanted to see. Since I knew something was lacking from my childhood, I paid close attention to this topic. Books like Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship were helpful in guiding my thoughts as I considered what was important to my family.
I realized that the message I’m sending to my kids in the pew is loud and clear.
The things I allow my kids to do or NOT do during the sermon clearly communicate to them the value I place on the sermon.
Mostly, I wanted for them to NEVER get the idea that worship was something we HAVE to do or HATE to do. I also wanted to be sure that I didn’t convey the message that the pastor’s sermon was boring or that they needed to be entertained during that time. So I set forth a few guidelines:
*Sitting in the pews with me was never a punishment…it’s was a joyful privilege!
*Electronics, coloring books, puzzles, and other distractions were to have no place in the pew with us.
*Full participation would be expected of all my children. (That means no sleeping, sitting during songs, or flipping through the Bible/Hymnal for fun.)
Now, I don’t want anyone to read that and think I’m a crazy legalist here. After a lifetime of meaningless pew-sitting, I want to make sure I don’t convey that same idea to my own children.
This starts with the behaviors I don’t want to see, but the best part is the behaviors I do want to see.
From a young age, all my children have carried a notebook to church.
I wish I could say this started because I was intentional to buy them one, but it didn’t. It started because I carry one and my kids wanted to be like me. (Aren’t you thankful when they copy the good stuff and not just the stupid things we do?)
My oldest daughter saw me carrying a sermon notebook each week and wanted one of her own. So, I bought her a blank notebook, too.
She was excited to get hers and took copious notes (by copying mine) for many weeks. As time went on, I found that she was struggling a lot to figure out what to write down. My pastor is partially to blame for this as he isn’t much of an outline kinda guy, but even if he was I think she would still have struggled to take notes in the same manner I did.
So, I created a sermon notebook specifically designed for kids. Instead of blank spaces, it was designed to help the kids focus on the sermon and actually record key points they could take away from it.
The goal of our sermon notebook
The sermon notebook was designed to help kids focus on the sermon and record the key points in a simple way. I wanted something that would be easily understood (so parents didn’t have to help), but at the same time still hold the interest of kids of all ages.
Most importantly, I wanted to create something that would excite our children and capitalize on their love of God’s Word so they can grow in faith!
What is included?
The sermon notebook starts with an “about me” page which includes name, grade, and space for the child’s testimony. This part is a precious keepsake as your kids grow.
The notebook also includes a favorite verses page and a prayer request page. My kids love to jot down requests that are mentioned in the service and pray for them throughout the week.
The heart of the sermon notebook is the 52 pages for taking sermon notes. This gives kids space for one sermon per week for an entire year or 6 months if you have 2 sermons a week.
We have two age levels: junior and youth. The junior sermon notebook is written for kids ages 4-10. Pictured above, it includes boxes with common words your kids might hear during the sermon. They can draw a star each time they hear it or simply make a tally mark.
The junior sermon notebook also includes a space at the bottom for kids to draw a picture. The text encourages them to draw something related to what they are learning. (Some kids listen better when they draw!)
The youth sermon notebook is designed for ages 10 and up. Instead of space for tally marks, there are two unique note-taking pages designed to draw their attention to the sermon.
The first page focuses on keywords and themes in the sermon. The second focuses on the passage that is being preached.
Get your Sermon Notebook For Kids
If you are looking for ways to help your kids grow in faith and develop a personal relationship with Jesus, this sermon notebook is for you! Give your kids the tools they need to know and understand God’s Word.
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