We attend church regularly and want our girls to learn the proper way to behave when they are there. Today’s Mannerly Monday is a list of ideas to get them started in the right direction.
- Enter a church service reverently. If there is time before the service begins to talk to those around you, do so in soft tones so as not to disturb others who may be preparing their hearts for worship. If you are late to the service, come in as quietly as possible and sit in the rear of the church.
- Take care of restroom needs prior to the service. It is distracting to the speaker, as well as others in the congregation, when you move around once the service has begun. Unless there is some emergency, plan to stay in your seat until the service is over.
- Be welcoming to visitors. Introduce yourself and offer to help them find a place to sit.
- Take part in the service when applicable. Stand and sing when directed; bow your head when someone is praying. If you are able to read, bring your Bible and follow along when passages are read.
- During the service, try to be as still and quiet as possible so that others around you can concentrate on what is being said.
- Refrain from running in the church building. Do not climb on the furniture or platform area. Try to help keep the property looking nice by treating items in the church with care. If you see paper or other trash that has been dropped or left behind, pick it up and throw it away.
Many of these ideas are not accomplished all at once, but take weeks, even months of training. Hopefully my behavior at church will set a good example for my girls to follow.
If you have other guidelines you use with your children in this area, please share in the comments section.
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