We have a Sunday morning tradition at our house. We eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast.
There are many reasons to eat Pop-Tarts. They taste great. Preparing them is easy enough that I can feed the kids. You can even eath them on your way to church.
Did I say they taste great?
Despite these obvious reasons, our tradition began because of another. Our kids needed to have fun on Sundays.
We noticed early on that our two oldest never looked forward to church. We would wake them up to get them ready and they were always disappointed as soon as we told them what day of the week it was.
Maybe it was the ridiculous outfits we put them in. If you strongly believe that the clothes you wear to church matter, then you tend to put your small children in the same kind of ridiculous outfits that you wear as an adult.
Maybe it was the solemnity and length of the services. We believed that one of the best ways to prove to God that you were seriously devoted to him was by having multiple long services. Nothing comes less natural for small children than sitting still and being quiet for an hour and a half.
Maybe we just tortured our children to try to prove to ourselves how much we loved God.
I can only imagine how their 4 year old minds processed the concept of God. When permitted to speak, they were expected to recite catechism. And despite having them recite verses stating that God is merciful and loving their imaginations no doubt led them to believe that he was boring and uncomfortable.
When I read the passage of Jesus telling the disciples to let the children come to him, I do not picture children standing in line, keeping their hands to themselves, quietly waiting their turn. Instead I imagine kids with Pop-Tarts all over their hands, climbing all over him, laughing and smiling and having fun.
So instead of waking them up saying, “We get to go to church today,” we woke them up saying, “It’s Sunday, we get to have Pop-Tarts for breakfast.”
Did you hate going to church as a kid? What can we do to make church more fun today? Share your ideas here.
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