Kids Created Family Devotionals

Simple Ways Children Can Share Their Faith - Parenting Like HannahWe don’t talk about it much in churches, but your kids need to learn how to teach others about God and share their faith. A great way to get them started is to let them plan some of your family devotionals. (If you don’t have devotionals yet, putting your child in charge of scheduling and planning them may make your family more successful in developing the habit.)

Depending upon the age and creativity of your kids, they may want to start by choosing a devotional book, finding ideas on our Teach One Reach One website (under Children’s bible lessons and activities), or asking your children’s minister for ideas.

Older children may want to begin planning their own devotionals. Be there to provide help if they need it, but try and let them make most of the decisions. Limit yourself to asking guiding questions. (“Do you think your sister may need a little extra help understanding that since she is so little?”, etc.)

Keep your feedback honest, but mostly positive. Any “suggestions” should be non-critical. Try framing things under the “next time, wouldn’t it be fun if you could find/write something that…” You are asking your children to teach and if they are not specially gifted in that area by God, they may struggle finding their way for awhile. With your help and encouragement though, you may just discover your children are very gifted in sharing their faith. Who knows, they may even learn some things about God and what He wants in the process?!

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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