Help Children’s Faith Grow
This is the ‘cover story’ of our April Children’s Ministry newsletter. I was struck by the stats listed at the bottom.
On Easter, we remember the pinnacle of our Christian faith: Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. His victory assures us of forgiveness and eternal life—two things worth celebrating! You can use the Easter message as a springboard to share God’s good news with your kids all year long. Let kids know that Jesus is their friend and lets them live forever in heaven with him. Follow these tips:
• Realize that kids understand God—and Easter—in vivid, literal images. Don’t dismiss tough questions. Instead, read the Bible together.
• Tweak your traditions. Turn your usual Easter celebrations into opportunities to learn more about God and his Word. For your egg hunt, for example, fill plastic eggs with Scripture verses as well as candy.
• Know that it’s never too early to share the good news. Don’t wait until your kids can communicate to tell them about Jesus. Remember that children can discover God from infancy (see 2 Timothy 3:14-15).
• In a 2010 survey, two-thirds of Americans said they knew that Easter is a religious holiday. But only 42% connected its meaning to Jesus’ resurrection. And only 2% said they’d describe Easter as the most important holiday of their faith (Barna Group)
• Another Barna Group study found that children are most likely to become Christians for a lifetime from ages 5 to 13. In addition, children’s moral development is largely complete by age 9.
Begin a conversation with your children about Easter, using these discussion questions as a launching point:
1. Why do we have such big celebrations at Easter? How can we celebrate Easter’s good news every day?
2. What gifts did Jesus give us on the first Easter? How can we share those gifts with other people?
3. How are you “growing up” in God and his Word? What has changed about your faith since you were younger?
How can you keep growing closer to God, day by day and year by year?