Churches around the world are very different. People read the Bible in different languages, sing different praise songs, and play different instruments. Some believers meet in homes or outside. Some gather in small family groups where all ages learn together. No matter where or how believers worship, they have something in common – they know, love, and follow Jesus.
Teaching Time: 20 minutes
Materials: Bibles, paper and pencils/pens, flashlights/candles
Invite your family to experience what “church” might be like in a country where gathering for worship is against the law. First, believers must prepare. You might not have Bibles because it is illegal to print them in your language. Have each person copy a favorite verse on a small scrap of paper, hide it in his shoe, and bring it to the worship gathering. Gather candles or flashlights. Think of a secret code word that each person will need to say before entering the worship area. Choose one person to be on the lookout for police. Station him at the door to the worship area. One at a time, walk quickly to the worship area. Tell the lookout the secret code word before entering. Once inside, close the door and curtains/blinds to keep your worship service secret. Light candles or turn on flashlights. Sing a favorite worship song in hushed voices. Have each person retrieve his verse and read it to the family. Pray together. When the lookout gives the all clear, gather your belongings and quickly leave the worship area.
- Think about what you just experienced. How was this church service different from those you usually attend? What parts were the same?
- Is church more about where and how we worship or who we worship?
Thank God for the freedom to worship openly. Pray for believers around the world who are persecuted because of their faith in Jesus.