Sunday morning worship is the family reunion of the whole family of God. Christian educator Carolyn Brown has a marvelous web site called Worshiping with Children. It offers many helps for planning worship for a multigenerational congregation. She shows ways to include children so that they can participate alongside adults. She includes many resources related to the Sunday texts of the Revised Common Lectionary, and she posts them several weeks ahead. Recently she posted a list of helpful hints for parents as they and their children debrief after worship. It is called The Van Trip Home. Here is a sample from this post:
“Talk about good things that happened at church. One parent urges his children to look for one worship “take away”, i.e. something they want to remember (and yes, jokes from the sermon count). His children know he will ask about theirs in the car on the way home each week and so they try to have an answer ready to get Dad off their case if nothing else. Other parents kick off this discussion with questions like “what was one good thing that you did this morning at church?” or “which song did you like best?” or “what did you think about….?” “who did you see at church this morning?”
You can search the site by scripture text or by date in the lectionary. If you are preaching or teaching on lectionary texts, you can also find lectionary-related resources for children at Children’s Literature: A Resource for Ministry, which recommends books related to the scripture lessons and themes..