Have you ever found yourself wondering that very question? I’ve been on staff serving in the Early Childhood Coordinator role for eight months now. Certainly, it has crossed my mind as I’ve spent countless hours prepping for lessons, do these activities really matter? Are these 3’s, 4’s and Young Fives really getting something from this time of worship together? Are they even hearing me and the other leaders as they’re squirming around? These questions drive me to ask a bigger question: How can we make this the most fun and impactful hour of their week?
Last month in preschool our memory verse was from Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Some may even question if preschoolers could memorize this, so I’m compelled to share this story! Eli, who recently turned three comes regularly to Harbor Kids. With permission, I include his mom’s recent Facebook post which tells the story best!
“I was nervous about how Eli would do in ‘big kid’ Sunday school, but hearing him through the bedroom walls loudly say, “do not be afraid for the Lord God goes with me” absolutely melts this momma’s heart!”
How great is this?! THIS is why it matters! This is why the prep and the activities are worth every minute! And now is the time to begin! Jesus said in Matthew 19, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them!” By allowing preschoolers to be who they are all wiggly and silly, we are giving them an opportunity to know about the God who made them, who loves them, and who wants to be their friend forever, as well as setting the stage for a life-long relationship with Jesus!
So, to answer the question, Yes! Yes, preschoolers can worship and not only can they do it, they can do it amazingly well! Even though they may be rolling around on the ground during the Bible story or spinning in a circle during singing, without question, they are hearing, learning and absorbing. It’s an awesome privilege to be a part of this life-transforming work!
Early Childhood Coordinator