Worship is the primary way to follow Jesus and other practices flow from this communal activity. This understanding of worship does not ignore all other practices but emphasizes that the worship actions we do together on a regular basis shape us to be people following Jesus in the world. Worship, usually Sundays, the Lord’s Day, is the source for how we make choices about our lives and our behaviors, how we treat neighbor and stranger, how we care for resources of land and sea, and how we learn and grow into our baptismal identity as Christ’s own body in the world.
In this unit, participants will learn that worshiping God involves disciples (and seekers!) gathered then sent out and then gathered again, creating an ebb and flow of the communal to individual and societal and back again to communal. The four dimensions of the practice discussed in this unit highlight that when we worship together: we gather, we participate, we are changed and transformed, and we bless God.
Young Children Leader's Guide
This leader’s guide is for children ages 3–5. It contains helpful information for the leader, including information about young children, background information about the practice, a note about supplies, and other helpful information for each session. There are symbols for each activity within the session that allow a leader to see at a glance the type of activity and customize each session for their group of children. Each session includes resource pages and “Practicing the Practice at Home,” which may be copied, printed, or sent out electronically to participants. There are other helpful pieces for young children in the Congregational Guide.
Featured in the Young Children Leader’s Guide:
Gather Together (Matthew 18:20; Luke 24:13–35)
Participate (Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–12)
Be Changed (1 Corinthians 14:26–33)
Share Blessings (Psalm 104)
Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living is a twenty-seven-unit curriculum based on practices Jesus did and taught us to do as faithful followers. Written for people of all ages who wish to live out their faith, this new curriculum examines where these practices are found in the Bible and how they have been used in Christian faith then and now.