From the time my oldest was old enough to pretend play, he loved to play “church”. As he got older and our family grew he would enlist all the kids to participate in his church service. His favorite candy used to be Necco WafersÂ and then he would use them to play church! When he did his First Holy Communion we bought him a mass kit, he also convinced his Grandma to sew an Alb that he could wear while doing “mass”. He even used to give a short homily after reading the gospel 😉
Oh, how I wish I would have captured that on video!
Our boys have always enjoyed altar serving for our parish. When we lived in Michigan, we went to a fairly small parish and the boys served every Sunday morning at the 8:00am mass. When we moved to Florida, we moved to a much larger parish. The boys were a bit disappointed at the thought that they were only going to serve a handful of times for a whole year! As it turns out they have been able to serve on a pretty regular basis.
At our current parish, the servers can earn points for serving each week. The leader of the altar servers keeps track of who serves and ultimately keeps track of the earned points. At the end of the year the server with the most points gets recognition at a banquet. While we have never had to entice the boys to serve, a little friendly competition has been good for the boys!
A second way they can earn points is to turn in a summary of Father’s homily each week. I love this part! It encourages the boys to pay attention a bit more during mass, then they have to remember what they heard and organize their thoughts into coherent summary to turn into the leader.
I decided to create this simple printable that they can either print out and take into mass or keep in the car on a clipboard. Â That way they can get started right after mass when the words are still fresh in their minds.
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