The Word for March 23: Worry

worryThis week Steve helps us think about the word WORRY from Matthew 6:25-34. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.


During worship

  • Check out the new addition to the worship bags. You will find a Worship Word sheet for your child to use. Fill in the worship word at the top (worry) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
  • Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the word “worry.” tally marks
  • On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God. I would love to see what they create, if they want to share!


Before or after worship…..

  • Talk with your child about worry. Begin with sharing this poem from Shel Silverstein:shel silverstein


Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Same Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hairs grow on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightening strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems swell, and then
The nighttime Whatifs strike again!

  • Can you and your child make up a few more lines to add to the poem? What are some whatif worries that keep you both up at night? After listening to the sermon this week, are there some take-aways that will help you both deal with the whatifs?
  • Explore this idea from Carolyn Brown as a way of handling worries. The ancient practice of a breath prayer has both physical and spiritual wisdom:

Introduce children and older worshipers to the practice of the breath prayer as a way of coping with worries.  A breath prayer has two parts: one a name of God that fits the prayer and the second a very short request for help in dealing with the problem, e.g. “God, help me feel OK at school.”  God’s name is said while breathing in and the request is said while breathing out.  Breath prayers can be planned out in advance and then prayed silently throughout the day as needed. 

  • Introduce your child to Bobby McFerrin’s classic “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and enjoy it for yourself with this animated version:
  • Or try another classic video: Hakuna Matata (no worries) from The Lion King:

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