Don’t let Bible learning end when Sunday worship ends. Parents should be the primary spiritual leaders in a child’s life. (See Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 78:5-8; Eph. 6:4.) Whether you are a kids ministry leader or a parent, here are some simple ways to continue kids’ learning at home throughout the week.
For Kids Ministry Leaders
- Parent Resources—Parent resources are included with each volume of The Gospel Project for Kids. Adapt the provided e-mail for your specific ministry and share the suggested tweets through social media to help parents talk with their kids about the Bible story. Provide parents with the Big Picture Cards for Families and the Family Journal Pages.
- Connect with parents—When parents pick up their kids, mention practical ways they could help their child learn this week. For example, “We challenged Oliver to memorize Luke 18:31. You might help him practice it every day this week,” or “Luke made a puppet of John the Baptist today. Ask him to tell you about John.”
- Encourage parents—Research shows that most churchgoing parents of young children feel inadequate as spiritual leaders. They are happy to rely on the church to train their children and get out of the way. Empower parents with an encouraging word and share something their child enjoyed. For example, “Annie did great in our review game today!”
- Big Picture Cards for Families—Use the Big Picture Cards to review the Bible story each week. Show the picture to your child and let him or her explain details of the story. Ask the big picture question, and allow your child to supply the answer. Talk about the Christ Connection and help your child find the key passage in the Bible and read it aloud.
- Family Journal Pages—Choose a family activity to complete during the week to reinforce the week’s Bible story. The Gospel Project for Kids supplies Family Journal Pages with suggestions for interacting with Bible truths. Here’s an example for the story of the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-30):
Hide a surprise for your children somewhere in your home. Give kids instructions to find the treasure. After kids have found the hidden item, read Matthew 19:16-30 together. Ask kids to tell you what the ruler treasured. Discuss some of the items your family treasures and remind kids that a relationship with Jesus and His gift of salvation is the greatest treasure we could ever have.
- Get excited about learning— Kids get excited about learning when they see their parents excited about learning. Lead by example to help kids love, obey, and serve God. Ask kids questions about the Bible story. Let them tell you what happened in their own words. Make key passage memorization a challenge for the entire family! Practice reciting the key passage in the car, at the breakfast table, or before bed.
- Start small—Don’t feel burdened or intimidated by the thought of spiritual discussions with your children. You don’t need to have lengthy, in-depth devotional times every night. Having one conversation is a good place to start. Spend 10 minutes reading the Bible, praying and asking God to meet your family’s needs, or serving others in your family or community. Ask God to bless your efforts to spiritually lead your children.
Alyssa Jones is a content editor for The Gospel Project for Kids. She volunteers in the kids ministry at her church. Alyssa and her husband Nate, both native Kansans, are parents to a happy baby boy named Elijah.