Resources for children on sundays at home

Here are some ideas and resources for engaging children during the live-streamed worship services on Sundays. This simple guide takes a little preparation and uses the materials you have on hand.

To prepare, find the Scripture passages for Sunday morning and read the Scripture with your children before the worship service. Then discuss the questions below. Gather the materials you have agreed on and have them ready for the children during the sermon time. This can be done as soon as the worship guide is available and is best to be done before the worship service. Hint: Keep these materials gathered and not available until the sermon! This will build excitement for the children’s engagement in the service and make the activity special.

During the service, the children can participate in the singing. Your child can have their Bible ready during the Scripture reading. Readers can follow along. For pre-readers, this is an important moment when you can snuggle with them as you model the importance of Scripture reading. They can touch and smell the cover, the pages and see your reverence for God’s Holy Word.

In response to the Scripture passages that were read, you can invite your child to do any of the following as the sermon is being preached.

  • Say to your child: "I wonder what verse from the Scripture passage you want to remember." And then encourage them to write it down during the sermon. 
  • Say to your child: "I wonder what you see in the Scripture passage that is a reason to praise God." They can write or illustrate this.
  • Say to your child: "I wonder what you think is important to remember from the Scripture and the sermon." They can draw or use the art media you have on hand to create something during the sermon.

Give the child time to work on their response during the sermon. 

At some point, perhaps during your noon meal, have them share their response.

For other ideas, contact Vicki Nolt, our Children’s Director of Spiritual Formation, at

Holy Week ideas for Families

As we walk through Holy Week in our homes, here are some ideas, activities and readings to do as a family. 

Readings in the Jesus Storybook Bible

Thursday: The Servant King & A Dark Night in the Garden (p. 286–301)
Friday: The Sun Stops Shining (p. 302–209)
Sunday: God's Wonderful Surprise (p. 310–317)

Maundy Thursday:

Today’s emphasis is on the Passover Meal and the Night in the Garden.

  • Holy Week Coloring Page
  • You can make Resurrection Eggs together to help children with the account of the death and resurrection of Jesus. 
  • You can practice foot washing and talk about ways family members can serve one another in the way Jesus calls us to do. This may be especially poignant as we are together more closely during the COVID-19 stay at home confinement.
  • Have a Passover Meal Together. Ann Voskamp Hardest Holy Week is good resource for a Passover Meal, and a good read for Holy Week.

Good Friday: Today’s emphasis is on the crucifixion of Christ. Spend time on Good Friday (particularly between noon and three) in prayer or reflection. Consider making it a time with no media.

Easter Morning: We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  • This easy Resurrection buns recipe uses crescent rolls. Tell the story of the Resurrection as your make them together. Just like the tomb on Easter Sunday, these buns are empty! Enjoy!
  • Holy Week Coloring Page
  • Encourage your children to make Alleluia banners out of paper and markers or crayons.