Every morning and evening our family gathers for a time of Bible reading, prayer and singing. This a priority in our home because our family’s first goal is to glorify God in all aspects of our lives and this provides an opportunity to instruct our children in God’s Word and to worship God together as a family.
We have done many different things over our years of family worship, but the basic structure for our evening worship has remained the same. Mark opens with prayer and then reads a passage of scripture and we have a time of teaching and discussion. We close with singing and prayer often encouraging the children to pray and using this as a time to instruct them how to pray.
Here are some of the things that Mark has done during the time of teaching:
- Read through and study a specific book of the Bible teaching on each section as we work our way through. This past year we purchased Balancing the Sword Vol 1 and Vol 2 and have used those questions to quiz the children. Some of the questions are quite challenging to recall and the children enjoy showing up their mommy in answering.
- Followed The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History suggestions to read through the historical passages of the Old Testament in order to give our children a better feel for the flow of Biblical history.
- Topical studies on areas that we or our children seem to be struggling. (i.e. diligence, kindness)
- We have occasionally used How God Used a Thunderstorm and others. These are collections of true short stories that have been paired with scripture passages to create short devotionals.
The time of singing is a favorite with the children. We have purchased hymnals and Psalm books for each of our readers, so we are able to sing anything that we sing in church. We generally pick one Psalm and one hymn each month and sing those every evening. I mentioned how we use Psalm singing to help the children memorize scripture. It is wonderful to hear the 4 year old shout out, “Please may we sing Psalm 148?” and then be able to sing it from memory. Sometimes Mark takes requests after we have sung the two songs that we are learning.
After our time of singing in the evening Mark and/or the children pray to close our day and the children get hugged and kissed and put into bed.
Our morning times of worship are a little more simple. Most mornings Mark makes time to read to and instruct the children. We go through our memorization box, spend time reading the Bible and one other book (currently Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends), sing (the songs that we are learning and sometimes requests) and then we pray.
We begin and end the day with worship together as a family because it is important to us and we pray that, by God’s grace, it will be important to our children.
Other posts you may be interested in: Our Schedule helps us to evaluate what is most important to be certain that it has a place in our daily lives. Before the Beginning explains some of the trials that God brought us through to teach us that while a lot of things are good, we must try to pick the BEST. Our Hot House tells about how God blessed us with friends and family to teach us and help us to grow and Why We Homeschool: Family Goals tells our reason for evening and morning worship.