One of the most difficult things for preschoolers to do is sit still for long periods of time. This especially includes times like a worship service. Even if you offer a nursery or preschool class during the service, not all parents will want to utilize it. For worshippers at your church, squirming children can be a huge distraction, especially if the children are theirs. Here’s an idea to you can use to assist those parents in helping their little ones be content during the worship service.


Get a small coat rack, like the one pictured above, and put it at the entrance of your sanctuary/worship center. Purchase small bags to hang on the rack. Fill the bags with items such as:

  • Coloring pages
  • Crayons
  • Activity pads
  • Small picture books
  • Snack packs (such as goldfish, cheese crackers, etc.)
  • Information about your children’s ministry

As families with small children head into the service, offer one of the bags for them to use during the service. Check the bags weekly to see what you need to restock.

Does your church do anything similar to this? Leave your ideas/comments below!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.