50% of children growing up in Christian homes will keep their faith as adults. Sometimes we don’t know where to begin but by simply telling our children that we love them we can make a great start in building their relationship with God.
Here are Top 10 Tips on how we can nurture our children’s faith at home.
Play with them
When we play with our children, we are reaffirming our love for them and showing joy in our lives. This also helps to develop their imagination which is needed when thinking about God. We all build up our own pictures of what God is like so by playing with them we are helping their faith to grow.
Eat a meal together
Eating a meal together is a fantastic way to introduce God to our day-to-day conversations. We can ask questions such as:
What was the best part of your day?
What was the hardest part of your day?
Did you talk to God about anything today?
Say sorry when you’re wrong
When we say that we’re sorry when we get things wrong, it helps us to break away from the message “adults are always right.” When we say we are sorry we are teaching them about forgiveness, an important act as a Christian. By asking our child to forgive us when we have overreacted or made a mistake, we are demonstrating how God forgives us too.
Point to God in the everyday
We have so much to be thankful for and creation is a great place to begin. We can start a conversation about specific beautiful and amazing things we see on our walks or in our back gardens. We can then use this conversation as an opportunity to thank God for his creation.
Show them your spiritual life
When children see you praying or reading the bible, it opens up an opportunity to speak to them about your faith. If we read something, we can share it with our children and don’t be afraid if you don’t understand something. Telling our child that we don’t understand a story and that you’re going to pray to God about it, lets them know that it’s ok to not know everything about the Christian faith.
Pray at bedtime
Praying before going to bed is an excellent way of creating a spiritual routine and helping our children get a peaceful night’s sleep. Encouraging them to pray to God together about anything that has upset them that day helps them to build their own relationship with God. It will also teach them that their Heavenly Father is always there for them and they can talk to Him anytime.
Share a bible story
There are many ways we can tell our children the stories in The Bible. We can read it out or make artwork to go with the story. We could act it out together as a family or maybe we could sing a song that goes with
the story. We could share our own favourite bible story and explain why we like that one. We can teach our children that the stories in the bible carry a special message to help us learn how to live a Christian life.
Meet up with others from church
We can nourish our children’s faith by meeting up with other Christians outside of church. We want our children to know that they are part of something bigger and there are other people outside of their church and family who love Jesus and follow him as well.
We can help to reassure them that God loves everyone, even before they get to know Him.
We can’t assume that children know why we do things in church. To help them to build a relationship with Jesus, we can teach them why we go to church, why we sing songs, and why we follow Jesus’ teachings. This helps them to understand why we worship God.
Find a time to pray