Home is the first church for children. It is where children learn to pray and hear the stories of faith from the people they love most. As parents and caregivers we want to help our children find themselves in God’s story and likewise God in their story. But we often feel ill-equipped and
wonder “Where do I begin?”
The best guidance I can give is to begin with an open heart; a heart that is willing to let the love of Christ shine through you. Worship regularly with your family. Have family conversations about how you experienced God’s presence through the hymns sung, the sermon and/or the children’s message, etc. Have conversations about living your faith daily.
As parents and caregivers you’ve been gifted a blend of unique characteristics and abilities that reflect God’s love and creativity. Don’t be afraid to unwrap those gifts and to engage in faith conversation and activities….just “do it.” You’ll be glad you did. Here are some questions to use at the dinner table or as you tuck your kids into to bed. It’s important Mom and Dad that you share your answers with your children as well. Remember, you don’t have to answer them all in one day!
- Tell about a time you felt close to God.
- What was something that made you happy today?
- What does it mean to love someone?
- Where is God?
- Where did you see God today?
- What does it mean when someone says, “I forgive you?”
- What’s your favorite job around the house that helps your family?
- Your least favorite?
- How do you think God felt on the day you were baptized?
- Name a place where you feel close to God and explain why.
- What do you like or dislike about going to church?
- Do you ever talk about God with friends at school?
- If you could only eat one food for a week, what would it be?