we want to return but still are hesitant with a 6yo, 3yo, and 5 week old....so my thinking is just trying to introduce "more religion" (for lack of a better term) in the home, but i don't know what to do. we say grace before dinner and two fridays a month, the kids go to "mission friends" at a local baptist church (we're united methodists). i just don't think they "get" the whole thing...and i'm at a loss as to where to begin. so many of the kids in the mission friends group seem to "get" that "God made this" and "Jesus does that", and so forth. My kids just look blank.
Any advice on where to begin?
Also, I would just read to them. There are lots of great adaptations of bible stories, or you could just read the bible.
That's where I'd start at home.
I keep my son with me during service. Once its too much we step out sometimes I go with him to kids room, sometimes we leave. He really enjoys the singing, your kids probably will too and that's just the beginning part of the service for most churches (followed by sermon and some singing at end). Also, if you want to try church my old church had little totes with coloring books and crayons for quiet kids to stay with parents. No body minded kids being taken out if they go loud.
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"get it" start by praying for God to reveal Himself to them. Also as they see God being a part of your life they will understand more how He is a part of theirs.
Start a whole bedtime routine including scripture reading, prayer or reading a Bible story. You don't need to do it all at once. Just slide in one little thing.
Go to church regularly. Its not too much to do with three kids. I did it alone. It is especially easy at churches with good childrens programs and nurseries. n If you can't make it through the whole service go late, sit in the back and gradually increase the time but definitely go.
Add a few CDs with songs about God and Jesus and the Bible. Add a few good books into your rotation (I like Arch books. They are short sweet, fun and cheap. I am kinda biased though. My GrandpaGreat writes for them )
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
I had a hard time doing that (being disorganized) but that has worked out great. The kids and I have had some really good conversations. Currently, we aren't doing Bible stories, but memory verses instead. Every 2-3 weeks, I pick a new one (mostly randomly) and we learn it together. Each child also prays, and then we pray the Lord's prayer together.
If it were me, I'd start with praying together first, and add in the Bible stories as you get more comfortable.
You can do church with 3 kids. At those ages its' not about them "getting" it, but becoming familiar and comfortable with the church community. Church isn't just about hearing some preaching and singing some songs. It's about connecting with the Body of Christ, participating in worship together and also working together to serve others, fellowshipping, and helping each other. In order to do that, you have to be willing to go regularly, so you can get to know others and they can get to know you.
But some good kids books are never amiss - I'd start with the creation story, and then go for some books about the nativity around Christmas time.