Let's take a moment to talk about
building spiritual foundations with babies and toddlers. We know
that the nursery is so much more than just a place for
babysitting.Babies and toddlers have an amazing capability for
understanding the most important truths about God-and we have the
honor of helping introduce those concepts!
Here are three things to keep in mind when
thinking about babies in your ministry.
1. An Inviting Nursery.
Before diving into the subject of babies, does your ministry have a
place parents feel comfortable leaving their small children? In her
article, Not My
Baby!, Children's Ministry Magazine's Managing Editor Jennifer
Hooks explains why many parents skip the nursery. Their reasons may
surprise you. Make sure to take the quiz at the end…it can really
give you insight to what visiting parents are looking for. (And
check this article to find out more about what new parents need
from your nursery.)
2. Volunteers Who Know They're Making
a Difference. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking
there's no real reason to try to minister to babies and toddlers.
But let me ask you a question…what's your earliest memory? Were you
younger than 3 in your earliest memory? Most people can't remember
many things from that early in life. But let's take a closer look
at your memory. What skills and abilities did you have in your
memory, like being able to walk or talk? Most find that they
learned to do a lot of things before they started remembering
specific events. And odds are you can still perform those specific
skills. The things we learn to do early in life don't form specific
long-term memories, but they're skills we never forget. That's how
transformational the stage from birth to 2 years old is. And that's
how important your ministry is. You're making such a huge
difference, and we want to help you continue to help babies know
3. A Commitment to Share God's
Love. Joyce Meyers holds a Ph.D. in early childhood
education and has taught classes on early childhood education at
Dallas Baptist University. Joyce agrees that even at this young
age, children can start taking steps to spiritual growth.
"Relationships are central to healthy
spiritual growth in the lives of the very youngest," says Joyce.
"Infants and toddlers bond with the parents, grandparents,
teachers, and other caregivers who look after their physical and
emotional needs. Because adults care for their needs, infants
develop a sense of trust. According to the psychologist Erik
Erikson, infants who successfully learn to trust develop hope.
And Hebrews 11:1 tells us, 'Now faith is the assurance of
things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.' In the first
two years of life, the foundational concepts of spiritual
formation-trust and hope-grow."
She offers some simple tips to share God's
love with kids this age. As children learn to talk, help instill
words of our faith such as God, Jesus,
Bible, and pray in their vocabulary. Include infants
and toddlers in spiritual activities such as worship and prayer.
And tell children constantly that Jesus loves them. You can read
the rest of her article
here to get more tips and tricks to help foster spiritual
And if you're looking for fun music and
activities for your babies and toddlers, I suggest taking a look at
Play-n-Worship. This fun kit will help your
kids know Jesus through purposeful play and joy-filled worship
How do you help the babies and toddlers in
your ministry grow spiritually? Let us know in the comment section