Every Sunday my regular front row at church is filled with little girls. I’m not really sure why these sweet little gals like sitting in the front row during worship, but I’m glad they do. They all bring their little notebooks and pens, and they draw during the sermon.
No one is playing on iPads or cell phones. No one is sleeping. No one is eating or drinking. There isn’t a single entertaining thing happening (except for my husband’s brilliant and lively sermons), but still they come to me week after week and sit there.
I know that many of us worry that our children will be bored during church. We fear that if they are bored they won’t want to go, and if they don’t want to go then that doesn’t bode well for their future as good little Christians. For this reason we have created all kinds of awesome children’s church programs designed to keep them busy and interested, and I think those things are great if they’re available to you.
But, and I know this may be an unpopular opinion, I think it’s okay for kids to be bored at church.
If you polled most church-going kids, I doubt that many would say that the sermon is their favorite part of the worship service. I don’t expect my kids to jump up and down with excitement when it’s time to sit still and listen to talking for 40 whole minutes. But I do expect them to sit still and be quiet. And they do. My whole little pew of tiny church-goers do. They draw to pass the time, and then when the service is over, everyone goes home.1