Sermons for Little People

Last night I had a night off from duties leading worship and thus had a rare opportunity to sit in the worship service with my family.  Whenever I get the chance, I try to do what my mother did for me when I was roughly age 5 to 8: draw little pictures with short captions to illustrate the sermon. 

The quality of the artwork is low (mainly stick figures and other crude drawings), but my efforts are generally appreciated by Jack (age 6), Kathryn (age 5), and maybe even Kirsten (age 11).  Over the course of a half hour sermon I typically draw 15 to 20 boxed pictures on the back of bulletin inserts or what have you. 

I believe my mother started drawing sermon pictograms for me after reading a book by Edith Schaeffer, who apparently did the same thing for her children.  It has been a good family tradition for us -- a way to help children make the most of the sermons they hear.


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