Very Young children
We begin learning about God from a very young age. This is the time when we first start hearing and understanding our parents' search for meaning, significance and purpose.
Very young children will begin to recognize words like, “God”, or “Jesus” or “Church” even though they may little practical understanding of these words. The attitude we have when using these words will have an impact on how our children will approach the concepts as they grow.
Whatever a child feels toward mom and dad will influence the way a child will feel toward these faith objects. In other words, example becomes the best way of teaching a very young child about the faith: the way we use the words, the way we pray, the attitude we express when discussing these things with other adults and older children.
Children (School Age)
Once children begin school (kindergarten and up) they begin to learn about how the adults in their life discover opportunities to find meaning in the events of life. At this time in a child's development, bible stories, stories about saints and heroes in faith, morality tales, all begin to communicate significant truths in a simple manner, especially when they resonate with their emotional life. Think about the impact of stories about the baby Jesus at Christmas time and how such stories relate to a child's experience of life. One thing we need to remember is that these stories are important to our children primarily because they are “our stories” -- stories about things "we" believe, especially as a family. Journey in Faith offers a special section to help parents of school age children learn about the faith. Other programs, like Godly Play, and other events will try to support and empower parents as they help their children grow.
Also available for parents is a special Facebook Group where parents can support one another, ask questions, offer advice and insights as we work together to strengthen the faith of our children.
Our faith develops largely from the way we pray. We provide you with resources rooted in our rich tradition of worship to help form your children as Christian disciples. Click here for resources in the current liturgical season.