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Deep doodling

When kids draw during worship, they just might be worshiping

Most parents don’t travel light on Sunday mornings—especially if they share a pew with a little one. Peek in their baby bags or purses and you’ll find their survival gear: bags of snacks, picture books and a collection of plastic doodads from fast-food restaurants.

Rebecca Guengerich, a mother of three, was no different. Each time she walked into the sanctuary of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, she armed herself with her favorite tools for keeping the peace: a box of crayons and some pencils.

“When my children were young, my worship goal was to keep them occupied,” says Guengerich, whose
kids are now teenagers. “I grabbed the children’s bulletin as I entered worship so they would have something to occupy their hands.”


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