Youth in Worship
Now is the time to teach your child what is going on in worship. Whether a child is two or twelve, there is so much that can be done to lead our children into the riches of the Divine Service. The information on this page is offered with the intent to help you instruct your child or for the pastor to instruct the youth of his congregation in why we do what we do on Sunday mornings.
About “Kids in the Divine Service”
This reproducible bulletin insert series featuring more than 50 topics 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 ten 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. No matter what age child may read (or be read to) from Kids in the Divine Service, parents should be encouraged to work through these bulletin inserts with their children 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:
- Sunday morning bulletins
- take home piece from Sunday School
- school or church newsletters
- any other ways you can imagine
We pray that Kids in the Divine Service will be a blessing to you and your congregation!