When we began the Gospel Project for Kids in Fall 2012, many churches wanted to know if we had plans to provide materials for babies and toddlers as well. We attempted to share ideas with kids’ ministers on how to adapt the preschool leader guides to suit their needs. While any church leader can take the time to adapt a lesson to suit babies and toddlers, in reality, we found that what churches were really needing was something FOR babies and toddlers. Not just a preschool Bible story with a few words bolded here or there. A real way of teaching gospel truths to babies in a way that meets babies where they are. In a later post, I’ll touch on toddlers, but this blog is all about babies and some of the questions we’ve received regarding our new Babies and Toddlers Leader Guide.
1. Do you really expect me to tell a Bible story to babies?
In all honesty, that depends on your babies, your time constraints, and the space where you teach. Some days, it’s all you can do to rock, feed, and change the littlest ones. We will be providing Gospel Gems (three or four sentences of Bible story truths) and a Main Point for baby leaders to say as they rock, play, feed, or change the little ones. If your babies are in sitters and scooters phase, we’ve provided simple activities such as singing a song to a familiar tune, reading a book, or a manipulative toy that you probably already use to engage babies. The key is repeating the Gospel Gems and/or the Main Point throughout the time the babies are in your care.
2. Are babies even going to understand any of this?
Many of the gospel truths we will teach the babies starting in Fall 2015 are truths we already tell babies now (or we should). Babies need to hear that God made everything. God made people. God loves people. People make right or wrong choices. God sent Jesus because He loves us. As a mom, I’ve taught my son, Gideon, these truths ever since he was born. He is four now, but I still repeat these to him. As he has grown, I’ve been able to go deeper with the gospel because I started out with the basics of who God is and His love for us.
3. Are we really going to be on the same story alignment as preschool, kids, students, and adults?
Yes, we will. Repetition is key for this age group. Since the babies’ parents will hopefully be learning these Bible stories in their own discipleship groups, it will be easier for parents to reinforce the Gospel Gems and Main Point at home. The Gospel Gems will also be included on the Big Picture Cards for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Remember that babies will hear Gospel Gems based on the Bible story. Toddlers will have an age-appropriate version of the Bible story. (I’ll be writing about the toddlers portion of the leader guide later.)
If you have more questions regarding the Babies and Toddlers Leader Guide, I urge you to sign-up for the sample preview to check out the first four sessions for Fall 2015. When you check out the sample sessions, please let us know what you think! I want to make sure we provide the very best Bible resources for our babies’ and toddlers’ leaders.
Check out this blog post and this blog post for more information on teaching Babies about God. Also, sign up for a preview of The Gospel Project for Kids to get a first look at the new Babies and Toddlers curriculum. You can sign up here.
Rachel Myrick is the Content Editor for Babies and Toddlers Gospel Project for Kids. Rachel has taught toddlers (her peeps) for fifteen years. She currently serves as Sunday School leader for 1s and 2s at Westwood Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.