I recently came across an interview with Sojourn New Albany’s own Bobby and Kristen Gilles at the Chongs Worship blog. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
Can you describe what family worship looks like in your home?
Kristen: Bobby intentionally plans our family devotion times together with the boys. After each evening supper we share with them, Bobby will read the Scriptures to our family (and sometimes other devotional books) and then ask the boys questions about the readings. Bobby also intentionally talks with the boys about the Gospel on walks, car rides, and other times. We’ve also begun practicing ACTS prayer that includes Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication (ACTS). Our times of singing together happen as we gather with the church on Sunday mornings.
3. Did your parents lead/practice family worship when you grew up? What did it look like?
Kristen: My parents led me and my sister and two brothers in weekly family devotionals. As worship leaders at our church, my parents would also lead us at home in singing songs of praise and praying for known needs in our family and in our church family. My dad regularly read or recited Bible stories to us and my mom would sing to and with us throughout our days growing up. I remember a lot of singing, praying and reading the Scriptures in our home. I’m very thankful for this now, even if I got bored with (or annoyed by) it sometimes as a kid!
Bobby: My parents frequently read to us from the Bible and occasionally other devotional literature. My mom actually wrote a story about Jesus feeding thousands with the little boy’s lunch, which was a favorite story in our home. I should also mention that we went to church services a LOT when I was growing up, as many used to do. We went twice on Sundays and every Thursday, as well as longer convention meetings three times a year. We also always ate supper and prayed together, even when two out of the three of us siblings were in high school.
You can check out the full article here at the Chongs Worship blog. You should also check out Bobby and Kristen’s incredible blog about music and family life, My Song in the Night and the children’s book that Bobby helped co-author, Our Home is Like a Little Church.