In March, as houses of worship were responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, my congregation scrambled to discover ways to worship without gathering in person. We hoped that the entire worshipping community would experience a smooth transition from worship in the sanctuary to worship at home. For adults, we trust that worship will feel right through the familiar weave of music, prayer, scripture, and sermon. But for children? When your experience of worship has so much to do with sitting with friends, playing in the “children’s corner,” and going to the nursery, how can the transition to worship from home speak to you?
Written by Ben Woodward-Breckbill, associate pastor at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, and Dove’s Nest board member.