Parenting in the Pew

For parents with little ones, that time before children’s church can be a bit harrowing. We wonder: How do we keep our kids engaged? Are the people behind us distracted by the wiggling little bodies next to us? Do we allow the ipods, the books, the paper and crayons? How do we contain that loose change for the offering that always seems to drop loudly on the floor just as everyone bows for ... Read More

Praying with your Child: Praying Scripture

Praying a verse from the Bible can be a powerful way to reflect upon the meaning of God’s word. Choose a simple verse, read it together, then pray it back to the Lord. Here’s an example: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “Dear Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you gave us ... Read More

Going on a Prayer Walk

Too often, kids develop the mistaken idea that prayer is BOR-ING! Sitting still for a long time with eyes closed and heads bowed can be challenging for active little ones. We can help children to engage in prayer by making it active. One way to do this is to take your child on a prayer walk. Try walking around your neighborhood, asking God’s blessing on each family. Or take a walk in the woods, ... Read More

Praying With Your Child: Spontaneous Prayer

Our God encourages us to come to Him in prayer anytime, anywhere. This is a wonderful thing to model for our children! The next time your child is worried, upset, or angry, try turning to prayer first. (“I see how mad you are at your sister. Lord, help us to work out this problem in the way You want us to.”) You can also look for opportunities to pray for others this way (“Oh, that little boy ... Read More

Praying a Blessing

Praying a prayer of blessing on your child’s life each night at bedtime can bring comfort, reassurance, and hope to your child. Pray for God’s favor, protection, and peace. Thank the Lord for a specific gift, talent, or quality in your child. You can use a Bible blessing such as Psalms 5:12 or Numbers 6:25, or speak from your heart. When you pray scriptural blessings, you are speaking words that ... Read More