Resources for Families and Children
Sunday School is only an hour per week and vacation bible school is just a week a year. These times are great for building community and hearing the stories of Jesus. But what about the time in between?
How do we grow as disciples of Jesus as a family?
How do we have conversations about our faith on the car ride home from school or daycare?
What do we do to make holidays special?
What does God have to say for us after a long day?
We recommend these books as starting points to help facilitate conversations with your child about faith:
Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home
Add family faith moments to your daily routine with little or no prep, and share meaningful spiritual experiences with your children! Traci Smith, a pastor and mother of three, offers ways to discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family, whether you're a new seeker or a lifelong follower. Faithful Families is brimming with easy, do-it-yourself ideas for transforming your family's everyday moments into sacred moments!
Frolic First Bible: First Faith (Frolic First Faith)
The Frolic First Bible uses child-friendly language and providing a short take-away point to help apply the lesson of each story to your child's own life. As your child begins to take his first little steps, Frolic First Bible can help him take his first steps in faith and biblical literacy. A perfect first Bible for babies and toddlers.
Frolic Preschool Bible (Frolic First Faith)
The Frolic Preschool Bible features 40 stories told with easy-to-read text and friendly, colorful illustrations. Young children will love exploring 20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament stories that bring the people of the Bible to life. Each story includes a short takeaway point to help your child understand how God's story connects them to others in their faith community. Great for ages 3-5, the Frolic Preschool Bible is the perfect next step after the Frolic First Bible.
God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Science for Youth Ministry)
Many things threaten the faith of youth today, but none more than science. The commitments of science and Christianity seem to be at odds science makes truth claims based on experiments and proofs, while religion asks for belief and trust. But Andrew Root demonstrates that, in fact, the two are not incompatible.