Today I’m sharing something to help your kids keep quiet in church: A free sermon notes printable for children.
Our family spent most of January touring the East Coast. This extended road trip gave us the opportunity to attend three different out-of-town churches.
Last Sunday morning, we worshipped with The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. We had recently read and thoroughly enjoyed David Platt’s book, Radical. So we were curious to visit his church, even though we knew he’s no longer pastoring there.
Well, we were NOT disappointed.
The music was great. The sermon was great. But what I appreciated most was the people in the congregation.
Almost without exception, they all kept their Bibles open in their laps through the entire preaching service. And 85-90% of them were actively taking notes. It was so impressive, I snuck my iPhone out of my pocket and took a picture.
But I should’ve taken a video. Because every time the pastor made an important point, all the heads dropped down in unison. And most of the hands filled in the outline printed in the bulletin.
Whenever the pastor referred to a verse of Scripture, the people would flip over to it in their Bibles. And follow along with the text.
They reminded me of the Bereans, who were praised in the book of Acts.
“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica. For they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11, NIV)
The scene stirred up fond memories of a time (nearly 30 years ago) when I listened that intently. Pen in hand. Bible open.
Of course, in the intervening years, I’ve had nursing babies in my arms. Or squirming toddlers in my lap. But now that my youngest is nearly FIVE, I think it’s time I get back to note-taking myself. Time to train my little ones to do the same.
Keep kids engaged with note taking
So I designed this printable, for that very purpose. And am posting it here so others can use it, too.
You may choose to print full sheets or two copies per page.
The bigger page gives children more room to write. But if your goal is to help your kids stay quiet in church, the smaller page might prove less “rustle-y.”
I already have a stack printed for my family. If you decide to try them, too, let me know how they work for you!
More resources for building your child’s faith
- Help your kids dig deeper into the word with this Exploring the Bible reading plan
- For free printable bookmarks, try these pretty Bible verse bookmarks or these practical Bible reading plan bookmarks.
- If you prefer checking off a chart for daily readings, check out this one: Reading through the Bible in a Year
- Click here for a pretty coloring page on the importance of God’s Word: 2 Peter 1:21 Coloring Page