altar – World Network of Prayer Sun, 28 Oct 2018 02:59:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips for an Effective Altar Service Sat, 08 Jan 2011 01:20:52 +0000 Related posts:
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  1. Your altar time needs to relate to what you preached about. As you prepare your sermon, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what would be the most effective altar call to tie into it.
  2. Music is a critical part of setting the atmosphere. Carefully select ONE worship song where the lyrics tie in as closely as possible to your sermon’s theme. Have it playing in the background. You can use CDs or a live person.
  3. Use object lessons or visuals in your altar time like you do in your sermons.
  4. Turn the lights down to keep them focused and to add to the ambience of His presence.
  5. Don’t pray long boring prayers. Keep your prayers short, or you lose the kids. Altar times do not have to go more than 15-20 minutes to be effective.
  6. Give clear instructions and repeat them several times so they understand what it is you want them to do and why. Most of these kids are not raised in Christian homes.
  7. Don’t drag it out especially if no one is responding. Keep your eyes open so you can see how they are responding. Check the atmosphere-is there an anointing there or is it flat? Everybody has flat nights once in awhile. If they are not cooperating, and looking around or whispering in large numbers, you might as well quit.
  8. Don’t expect them to instinctively know how to pray or to worship. You may have to give them detailed instructions like, “OK, raise your hands and close your eyes so you can concentrate on God.” OK, now say this, “Hallelujah, I love you, Jesus!” Train them like you train a kid to brush his teeth or wash the dishes.
  9. As often as possible, if there’s time, give the kids a chance to share what God said to them, what they say, what they were feeling, etc. during prayer time. This is VERY important. It reinforces their experience.
  10. Schedule (example): Your sermon should start by 7:30 to 7:40 pm. You need to end your preaching by 8:00 pm. That gives you 15 to 20 minutes for altar time. By 20 after you should normally be done, and the kids should be getting their candy and their snacks. We want them going out the door and into their cars by no later than 8:30 pm, especially during the school year.

The altar services are probably the most significant parts of a weekly service; it’s one of tile biggest things that makes kids want to come back week after week.

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  • Get on the kids level. Don’t tower over them.
  • Find out their name and ask them what they are praying for. If they are praying for the Holy Spirit make sure they have repented. If they have not lead them in a simple repeat-after-me prayer for repentance.
  • Make sure they don’t have gum or candy. If they do ask them to spit it out (you may want to have a tissue handy). If they are not willing to give up candy to pray for the Holy Spirit then they are not ready. (It shows a willingness to be obedient and they have to want God’s Spirit more than candy.)
  • Explain how easy it is to receive the Holy Spirit. Let them know all they need to do is lift up their hands, worship and God will fill them with His spirit. Make sure they know that what they are going to say will not make sense to them and it may sound like baby talk. (You may need to explain it is the same way you learned how to talk, you didn’t say full sentences at once )
  • Let them have their arms at a comfortable level, they don’t need to be held straight up the whole time. Encourage them to keep their face toward God and their eyes closed. If you notice that the child is getting tired stop them and ask if they want to sit down and if they would like to keep praying.
  • Only one person talking to the child so there is not confusion. Stay in front of them and keep YOUR eyes open. You need to see what is happening.
  • Some kids cry, others don’t. Some will get the Holy Spirit in less than three minutes others won’t  If your kid has been praying for a while and they are stuck on I love you Jesus stop them and encourage them to try other ways of worship. Help them out. Many kids will close their mouth the minute they either run out of things to say or they feel that they are not sure what is about to come out of their mouth. Encourage them to keep their mouth open and not be afraid of what is going to come out. Remind them there is no wrong way to speak in tongues and that the only people who will hear them are you, that kid, and God.
  • Don’t be afraid to stop a kid that has been praying for a while and see what is happening in their mind. See if you can help them look at receiving the Holy Spirit a slightly different way. Example – it’s like jumping off a cliff you just have to let go.
  • When the child is done praying – even if you know for sure they spoke in tongues ask them if they know what happened. You could even ask if they spoke in a language they don’t know or said words they don’t know. If they did not get the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues don’t let them leave discouraged. Encourage them to keep praying at home and seeking the Holy Spirit. Let them know that they don’t have to be at church to receive the Holy Spirit.
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    Building Altars – Idea Fri, 02 Apr 2010 19:55:48 +0000 Related posts:
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    It is important to build an altar in your life and it is also important for children to understand that concept. When we taught this lesson at our local church we asked the kids if they knew any stories from the Bible that talked about altars. We asked the kids what an altar was. Then we shared the story in Joshua chapter four about the altar that was built after crossing into the promise land. We also shared what an altar was to us (the teachers). While we were talking we allowed the kids to build altars using Magnetix (you can use anything that will stack to build). By the time we had read the Scripture reference and all shared in the question and answer time the kids had each built an altar. Each one looked slightly different (see our photo gallery below). That helped illustrate that while there is an altar at church we each need an altar in our life and that each one will look different. We ended our lesson with quite time.

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