Thursday, October 3, 2013

“rufus and ryan go to church” book giveaway

rufus and ryan giveaway
Today, I’m giving away a copy of the board book, Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!

Since we attend a fairly small church, Nolan is one of the only toddlers in the congregation. When he was starting to walk, before and after church we would give him free reign of the sanctuary. It became his playground—running up the aisles, climbing up on the stage, and sneaking through the pews. Unfortunately, now that we’re ready for him to stay with us for the first part of the service, he still thinks it’s time to run around, and he won’t sit still in the pew. I wish that he would watch and listen to the music (Daddy sings and plays guitar frequently), but we always end up downstairs in the nursery after only a few minutes. I get excited for the day when he is old enough to stay with us. :)

I am happy to read our new book, Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, with Nolan because I think it will (eventually) help teach him the pattern of Sunday morning at church, and the etiquette of sitting through the service. He can relate to Ryan—sitting next to Mommy and Daddy, singing songs, praying, and listening to the Bible story. I especially loved how Ryan lets his stuffed monkey Rufus “eat” part of his cookie when they have snack time after the service. :)

“In Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!, four-year-old Ryan explains to his stuffed monkey, Rufus, what is happening as they attend church on Sunday morning. He lets Rufus know when it’s time to sing and to pray and to be quiet. Author Kathleen Bostrom brings a delightfully light touch to the text as she provides an introduction to an experience that most children are exposed to long before they understand why. And children everywhere will relate to the idea of explaining their surroundings to their favorite companions as they go about their daily activities.”

Cute illustrations!

Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!
Written by: Kathleen Long Bostrom
Illustrated by: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publisher: Ideals Books, a Guideposts company
Board book
Available at

Also available from Ideals Books: Rufus and Ryan Say Their Prayers.

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He chose to bring Mini Ivy to church, and happened to have the little dog sitting next to him while he opened up the book. So fitting! :)


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I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: ‘Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.’”

Also, when I got this book to review, I received this well-written list of ideas:


1. Attend a child-friendly church.

A church that invites children to attend worship, that has a children’s time during worship or a service in which children are included, will not mind the noise and commotion that comes with having young children in worship.

2. Bring your child to church on a day other than Sunday morning.

Call the church office and make an appointment with a pastor, Christian education director, or church school teacher. Go on a tour of the church facility, and locate the Sunday school rooms and bathrooms as well as the sanctuary. Let your child explore the sanctuary, see how it feels to sit in the pew, and leaf through the Bibles and hymnbooks. Look behind the pulpit, Communion table, and baptismal font, and explain the use of these.

3. Take home a worship bulletin and go through the service at home.

Show your child that there are times to sit, to stand (and in some places, to kneel), to sing, to pray, and to listen. If the Lord’s Prayer is used, write down the words and let your child practice at home. Prepare offering envelopes and let your child put money in the envelope, and explain why the offering is important.

4. Play “Let’s go to church” at home.

Practicing the worship service at home will help your child feel more comfortable with what happens in worship.

5. Read the Bible and pray at home.

Purchase an age-appropriate Bible for your child and read the stories. Let your child handle the Bible and encourage questions. You can explain that the Bible is where we learn God’s story, and how we are part of that story. If you let prayer be a part of your everyday life, not just something you do at church, your child will understand its importance.

6. Sit near an aisle or in a place where you can make an exit if needed.

If your child needs to go to the bathroom, or is feeling overly stimulated or having a disruptive day, don’t be embarrassed. Walk your child out of the sanctuary until she can work off a little energy, and then come back in. This is much easier if you don’t have to crawl across a row of other people in the pew!

7. Be prepared with a worship notebook or bag.

Many churches provide materials for children to use during worship, but if not, bring your own supplies. Colored pencils can be used to mark the parts of worship in the bulletin as you go through them one by one. Get to church a few minutes in advance and use a bookmark to mark the hymns that will be sung that day. Have some coloring pages from a Bible coloring book for your child to color, or some blank pages for doodling. This is not disrespectful, and can help your child listen more attentively. Have the words of the Lord’s Prayer printed on a page for the child to follow, if he or she is of reading age. Let your child draw a picture of the anthem or hymns being sung, or the sermon, and give this to the choir director or pastor afterwards.

8. Teach basic church etiquette.

Speak to people before and after worship, and teach your child how to shake hands and greet others. If your child is shy, don’t force it, but practice at home and let your child see you greeting others. Let the child put the hymnbook and Bible away after use, and be sure to take your bulletin with you, rather than leaving it in the pew. Meeting other people and taking care of the church facility helps a child feel that “This is my church!”

9. Get to know the pastor.

Pastors of child-friendly churches love to get to know the children of the church. Introduce your child to the pastor after worship, and participate in other church activities so that the pastor becomes a friend and not a scary adult.

10. Don’t give up!

It may take awhile for your child to become comfortable in worship, and to learn how to sit quietly. The best way for this to happen is to attend worship on a regular basis. There may be days when it doesn’t go well, but don’t let this stop you from coming the following week. Practice makes perfect!


  1. What a cute book! I love your tips too - so important to make our children comfortable in church but also teach them the importance of the service as a holy time. When I have a little one I will definitely have to remember this!

  2. I love reading your blog! I would love this book! Church is challenging with a little one, but definitely worth it. I too look forward to the day Nate can stay with us. However, right now the nursery is a wonderful thing :)

  3. I am following your blog. I really need this book for the foster kids at church who have not yet been able to stay in church during the service. They are too old for the nursery


Thank you so much for your comments! I enjoy reading each one!


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