How important is regular family worship? It's importance cannot be fully conveyed, however we trust the following quotes will encourage you to make diligent effort for regular family worship in your home:
"We will not hide them from their decendants, we will tell the next generation the praise-worthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonder He has done... He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born and they in turn would tell their children. So the next generation will put their trust in God. So they'll not forget and keep His commands. So they would be loyal and faithful to God and not stubborn and rebellious."
- Psalm 78:1-8
"The work of parents, which means so much, is greatly neglected. Awake parents from your spiritual slumber and understand that the very first teaching the child receives is to be given to him by you. You are to teach your little ones to know Christ."
- EG White, Child Guidance p23
"Family worship seems to be a significant factor in helping youth develop a deep, rich, life-changing faith. It is interesting that something as simple to do as regular family devotions could be so helpful. Think what might happen if this family activity were reinstated in each household."
- R Dudley, Vluegensis Study about Faith
"Fathers and mothers, however pressing your business, do not fail to gather your family around God's altar. Ask for the guardianship of Holy angels in your home."
- EG White, Ministry of Healing p393
Ideas and Resources
We highly recommend SPD's Faith Shalper Guide to Homes Empowered which has further ideas and information for parents with regard to helping shape their child's faith at home. Another good resource is Gifts for Children from NNSW Conference.
Our Resources page also includes some ideas books for family worship ideas, or talk to the ladies at either the Adventist Book Centre (Dakabin) or Christian Life Resources (Eight Mile Plains).
There are some basic principles that are consistent regardless of what ideas or methods you choose to use in your home:
Keep it simple
Keep it regular/routine
Involve the children
Pray for God's guidance and grace