Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!
In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, four-year-old Ryan explains to his stuffed monkey, Rufus, what is happening as they attend church on Sunday morning. He lets Rufus know when it’s time to sing and to pray and to be quiet. Author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to an experience that most children are exposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to their favorite companions as they go about their daily activities. Kathleen Long Bostrom is a published children’s author in both the Christian and trade markets. She has a Master’s in Christian Education and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, and she has worked in children’s ministry for many years. Kathy and her husband, Greg, have three grown children and live in Illinois. Rebecca Thornburgh began illustrating children’s books full-time in 1996 and today has almost 100 books to her name. Rebecca’s vibrant watercolors have been showcased in previous Ideals titles, including the new edition of The Story of Christmas. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
This is just one of the first titles in a new series of inspirational books for preschoolers. Also available now: Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers.
Each story is about 150 words using age-appropriate vocabulary and themes.
This book is available at Ideals Publications for only $7.99.
As you can imagine my boys, especially Ryan for obvious reasons, really liked this book. We have found a great church since we bought our new home last November and the kids just love going. Which is something that was at the center of what I was looking for in a church. I want my children to feel plugged in and excited about church not afraid, apprehensive or bored with it. This book had cute color pages that depict a little boy, his parents and his stuffed monkey. Sorry about the poor quality picture from my iPhone. 🙁 If your child is apprehensive about your church and just needs a boost of confidence you might want to buy them this book and read it to them. This is a preschool level children’s book. They also included some helpful hints for introducing your child to worship and I wanted to share some of it with you as well. The list is below the giveaway.
1. Attend a child-friendly church:that invites children to attend service, has a children’s time or a service in which they are included.
2. Bring your child to church on a day other than Sunday morning. Call and make an appt and take a tour and let your child explore.
3. Take home a worship bulletin and go through the service at home. Show your child there are times to sit, to stand, to sing, to pray and to listen.
4. Play “Let’s go to church” at home. Practicing the worship service at home will help your child feel more comfortable with what happens in worship.
5. Read the Bible and pray at home. Purchase age-appropriate Bibles for your child and read the stories. Let them hold it and ask questions. Explain it is where we learn God’s story and how we are part of the story.
6. Sit near an aisle or in a place where you can make an exit if needed. If your child needs to go to the bathroom, or is feeling overly stimulated or having a disruptive day, don’t be embarrassed. Walk out with your child until they are read to go back in.
7. Be prepared with a worship notebook or bag. Many churches provide materials for children to use during worship, but if not bring your own supplies. Colored pencils can be used to mark parts of worship as you go along. Get to church a few minutes early and bookmark the hymns. Have coloring pages from a Bible coloring book or blank pages.
8. Teach basic church etiquette. Speak to people before and after worship, and teach your child how to shake hands to greet others. If they are shy don’t force it but practice at home.Let them put the hymnbook away when done.
9. Get to know the pastor. Pastors of child-friendly churches love to get to know the children of the church. Introduce your child to the pastor after church and participate in other church activities so the pastor becomes a friend.
10. Don’t give up! It may take a while for your child to become comfortable in worship and to learn how to sit quietly. The best way for this to happen is to attend regularly. There may be days it doesn’t go well but don’t let it stop you from coming the next week. Practice makes perfect.