Recently we shared an idea, “Primary prelude music to increase sacrament meeting reverence.” We’re delighted that many have found it useful! Here’s another idea.
Some wards have a “reverence child” who stands by the podium with arms folded to set the example. Problem is, I seldom look at the stand when entering the chapel, and even when I do, it’s hard to spot the short children. Often I don’t even realize there is a “reverence child” until the meeting begins and the person conducting expresses appreciation and invites them to sit with their families. While it is nice to give children responsibility, I’m not convinced it helps reverence.
Instead of a reverence child on the stand, how about a reverence child next to the chapel doors, standing along with the usher? The child could wear a sign around their neck (like a sandwich board) or hold a sign, saying “The chapel doors seem to say to me, shh, be still.”
One reverence child at each chapel door could actually make a difference in the quality of worship. Children can lead the way to making a more serene setting to feeling the Spirit.
If you try this in your ward, let us know how it goes in the comment section below!