Youth in Worship
Now is the time to teach your child about the worship service. Whether a child is 2 or 12, much can be done to lead our children into the riches of the Divine Service.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod offers resources to help parents and pastors instruct children about what is included in the Divine Service — and why they are included.
Kids in the Divine Service
Kids in the Divine Service is a series of bulletin inserts featuring more than 50 topics, and it is a great way to teach children about the church’s worship. You may order your Kids in the Divine Service kit by sending a check made out to the LCMS for $12.95 to:
Attn: Diane Grimm
1333 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
Why is this important?
“Impress these words upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deut. 6:7).
The Word of God we receive in the Divine Service goes with us, out into the world and into our everyday callings as parents and children. Kids in the Divine Service is written for parents and children to read and talk about together.
Although some of the vocabulary and concepts may be best understood by children 10 years of age and older, there are many parts of Kids in the Divine Service which can be understood, experienced and appreciated by younger children.
Whether a child reads or is read to, parents and children are encouraged to work through the bulletin inserts together and answer questions as they arise. Parents will probably learn something, too.
How does this work?
Kids in the Divine Service is distributed as reproducible masters for congregational use. Congregations purchasing a Kids in the Divine Service kit receive permission to make as many copies as are needed for use within the congregation.
The page, "What is Kids in the Divine Service all about?" can be photocopied on the back of each Kids in the Divine Service bulletin insert or excerpted as an announcement in the main bulletin.
Kids in the Divine Service may be distributed for congregational use in a variety of ways, including:
- Sunday morning bulletins
- Sunday School resource
- School or church newsletters
We pray Kids in the Divine Service will be a blessing to you and your congregation.