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KOWLOON INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH

Worship
@ HOME

Now is a great time to start
incorporating family worship time
in your home! This is an important
element in the lives of all Christians
and Christian households.
In the Old Testament, God directed the Israelites:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength. These
commandments that I give you today are to be on your
hearts. Impress them on 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” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7, italics mine).
If this sounds intimidating, start by actively participating
in KIBC’s online worship services during this coronavirus
period. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

2

Adults
(with or without children at home)

Establish a particular space in your
home to worship God, and try to
remove potential distractions

Participate fully by singing, praying, reading
according to the service order:
• Yes, it may feel awkward to sing alone or

Set apart a special time to worship God
with concentration:

with your family, and you might feel
embarrassed by your voice; it’s okay—sing
anyway!

• Explain this to all household members,

• Singing helps us internalize the message of

and encourage them to join you; if
some prefer not to join, try to move to
a place of privacy

• Remember—God is not concerned with the

• Encourage children to join, and have

some activities prepared for them [see
below]

Prepare yourself and your materials:

the song and helps that message stick with
us long after the service
sound of your voice, but with the condition
of your heart
Participate in the offering by giving before or
after the online service

• Switch off mobile phone notifications,

or put on silent
• Bring a Bible and something to take

notes with

3

Stay focused until the end of the online
service

Single Adults
(or those without other Christians in the home)

Gather in pairs or small groups with
other Christians or church members
and participate in the online service
together

If you cannot physically meet with
others, you can connect online through
Zoom, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp,
etc. and play the worship service video
together

Or schedule a time to call another
church member after the online service,
and share with each other what you
experienced or learned

Remember, you are still
part of the

Family of God,
even if physically separated
from others!

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Families

with young children

Prepare an activity (or several activities)
for young children to do during the
sermon time. For example:
• Have children use Legos, blocks or other

toys to build something that relates to
today’s message (ex: on Easter, they
could build a cross or an empty tomb)
• Have children draw or color a picture of

what the sermon, scripture verses or
songs are about; or ask them to write
about what they hear and learn
• For very young children, consider

searching online for some children’s
coloring pages that could be printed out
ahead of time and used during the
worship service
• Older children could create a comic strip

that explains the Bible verses addressed
in that day’s sermon

Encourage children to sing along and fully
participate!
• Even if children cannot read the lyrics, they

can dance, do motions, or try to sing along
(Hint: children are more likely to sing along if
parents are also singing)
• Allow children to move around, wiggle and

be kids—worship is a full body experience!
• Children could make a flag or streamer to

wave while we praise God in music
• Children could play an instrument during

worship music, including homemade
instruments such as tapping a beat on a toy
After the service, perhaps during lunch or dinner,
create a moment of sharing with family members,
as you each tell something you learned or
thought about during the worship time

• Remember that children are visual,

hands-on learners, and allow them to
interact with what they are seeing and
hearing

5

It’s ok to have fun!
Allow children of all ages to experience joy and
delight in worshiping God together

Families

with older children/youth

Encourage everyone to sing in the
worship music time:
• Sometimes older children or youth will

feel self-conscious about singing, so
gently encourage them to join in singing,
but allow them to participate in a way
that’s comfortable for them. (Hint: young
people are more likely to sing along if
parents are also singing)

Have a sharing time with family members:
• Parents could write down a few

discussion questions or topics during the
sermon, and use them to create dialog
with family members later
• It’s okay to hit pause during the service to

address questions, especially if younger
children are participating

6

Create moments of discussion and sharing in
a casual environment, perhaps over lunch or
an afternoon exercise time; family members
may tell something they learned during the
service, or what scripture verses or songs
were meaningful to them

Most importantly, remember that meeting together as
the Family of God doesn’t have to take place in a
church building—

WE are the CHURCH
Let’s not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25),
even if our meeting together occurs online.

© 2020 Kowloon International Baptist Church


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