My husband and I are both believers of the Christian faith, but we don’t take our kids to church. I tried this summer, but it was hard for me to wrangle all three kids out the door and into the pew for the entire service by myself while my husband worked out of town. For this season of their childhood, we decided to forego attending church services and teach our kids about God at home instead.
I gather the kids into one bedroom each night before bed to pray. We say the classic “Now I lay me down to sleep…” prayer, and then each child contributes his or her own unique expressions of gratitude or requests for help. We read children’s Bibles and look at the pictures of Jesus halting the storm and feeding the hungry crowds together.
I also bought a book of build-your-own children’s books from the Old Testament. I copy the pages, and the kids color in pictures of Noah, Daniel, and the Ark of the Covenant. Some of the books are lift-the-flap, some have slide-out features, and some use brass brads to make the rainbow spin around and reveal all the animals that survived the great flood. All the stories engage the kids’ minds, activate their curiosities, and help them learn about God.
Today, we made books about the Ark of the Covenant. I explained what “covenant” meant, and they colored in a picture of the sacred chest. I showed my seven-year-old daughter how to read chapter and verse citations in my pink Bible. One day we will return to church as a family, but until then, I’m glad to use crayons and copy paper to teach my kids about God at our kitchen table.