12 easy ways you can equip parents to lead their
Parents need simple, quick faith-builders that'll make an impact
on their children. You can give parents the tools and the time to
foster spirituality in their children's lives by passing on these
12 easy methods that put Jesus in the forefront.
1. Get the Word Out -Any time you find a
helpful article or idea, attach this note to a copy of it: "Thanks
for sharing your child with us. We know the spiritual welfare of
your child is very important to you. Attached are simple ideas you
can use with your child at home. If we can help in any way, please
let us know." (You may need to contact the article's publisher or
author to get permission to reprint.)
2. Ask Me-Create stickers kids can wear home that
say, "Ask me what I did today at church!" Encourage parents to ask
their kids about the lessons, activities, and crafts they did
3. Mealtime Prayers-Many parents race through
fast-food windows to keep their kids' bellies from grumbling on the
go. Encourage parents to make a habit of thanking God for meals no
matter where they're eating-even in the car. Kids and parents can
take turns saying a special prayer of thanks wherever they
4. Hello and Goodbye-Provide parents with a craft
kit to make a cross. Have them hang the cross near their front door
where it's clearly visible. As parents and children leave and enter
their homes, they'll be reminded to say a prayer of thanks for
5. The After-Church Report-Encourage families to
begin a new after-church tradition. On the way home, family members
will take turns telling one thing they learned at church that day,
one thing they enjoyed, and one thing they didn't understand or
want to learn more about. This new tradition will help solidify
lessons learned, give parents the opportunity to answer their kids'
questions, and give families a chance to find out what everyone is
experiencing at church.
6. "Fortunate" Cookie Recipe -Give parents a
simple, laminated recipe card for cookies they can make with their
children. Attach a tube of icing to each card and include this
note: "Each time you make these cookies with your family, use the
icing to write one thing you're all thankful for on your cookies.
Pray together, thanking God for his care and generosity."
7. Prayer Package-Create a family devotion basket
kids can take turns taking home each week. Collect or write enough
family devotions for families to do one or two daily for a week.
Alternate the devotions when every child has taken home the basket,
and include seasonal and holiday devotions when possible.
8. Good News-Design a send-home newsletter each
week for kids to share with their families. Include a review of the
lessons you've taught, extension activities for families, and
resources for faith-building. For curriculum with preprinted
newsletters, go to www.cmmag.com.
9. One Book, One Church-Start a reading project
in your children's ministry. Have your volunteers and ministers
select a book monthly for all the families in your ministry to read
at the same time. Then bring the families together in discussion
groups, online chat rooms, or special presentations by the book's
10. The Greatest Gift-Give each family in your
ministry a family- friendly Bible and a yearlong calendar plan to
read different selections from their Bible. A great new Bible that
includes devotions, fun facts, and other activities is the Hands-On
Bible (Group Publishing, Inc.). For more details, go
11. Make a Point-Publish a weekly "Lesson Point"
in your church bulletin that explains what kids are learning in
your children's ministry. Encourage parents to discuss the point
with their kids.
12. Extend the Lesson-Go high-tech and create an
online page where parents can access "Lesson Extenders" to use
during the week that help drive home your classroom lesson and give
families opportunities to learn together.