Little kids continually amaze me – and I mean in a good way! They seem to be like little sponges soaking up everything that is going on around them. They seem to be able to repeat things you’ve said, even after you’ve forgotten saying them. They echo things they’ve heard on tv and just seem to learn new things all the time. My almost 3yr old daughter has discovered the fun of counting and you can often hear her playing in her room or looking through a book saying “1, 2, 3, 4, 5….” and the last number comes out in a triumphant shout! My almost 2yr old niece has learnt that if you say ‘please’, wonderful things happen. Or in her case it comes out as ‘peas’!
I’ve often had conversations with other Mums who wrestle with how to talk to their little ones about the truths of God. “I mean, how much are they understanding anyway?” they say. “And the Easter story is kind of tricky to explain to a little one”. Well yes it is, but once again I think most of us have been amazed at how much little ones are capable of taking in. And not only taking in, but accepting and believing. Yes, we need to keep the message simple, but let’s be honest with our kids and tell it how it is. Jesus had to die on the cross, but he came alive again, so that we can be friends with God. And say it often!
Have you organised times where you sit together as a family and talk about the things of God (family devotions/prayer) but also talk incidentally with your kids about the goodness of God, anytime, anywhere! Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us to “talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” We need to be intentional about teaching our kids the ways of God, but it must also become a natural part of our everyday conversation. “Look at the beautiful blue sky God has made for us” or “God has made your body so clever that it can heal itself and in a few days your scraped knee will be all better”.
Kidz church is an organised, intentional teaching time where we share God’s love with your children each Sunday. This term we are really going to be getting into God’s Word. We would love it if all the kids could bring their Bibles to Kidz Church each week, there might even be some special prizes for kids who remember. The kids are also going to be challenged to memorize a portion of scripture for the term. The Bible is powerful and we want our kids to know that God’s word speaks strength and comfort and truth and encouragement to all who listen. Psalm 119 v 11 says “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I will not sin against you.” If your child doesn’t own a Bible, now could be a great time to get them one.
And finally, would you pray for our Kidz Church teachers who give of their Sunday morning to share God’ love with your children? And if you’d like to become involved with our Kidz Church ministry, I’d love to talk with you. Or feel free to come and visit one Sunday morning, it’s a very special place.