“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
Great parents give their children a spiritual foundation. We believe the God who knit your child together in amazing and wonderful ways (Psalm 139:13-14) also wants a personal relationship with your child (and you too!). Like a house built on a solid foundation that withstands storms and changing seasons, a life built on the spiritual foundation of a loving relationship with God has enduring purpose and worth.
Here’s the great news! Preschoolers are naturally open and receptive to God. It is easy to speak spiritual truths into their lives. A preschooler’s faith is “imitative.” They imitate or copy what they see parents and teachers do. Preschoolers use their imaginations to relate to God. They blend stories they hear with the stories they live in a way that makes a story about loaves and fishes (Jesus Feeds 5 Thousand) just as memorable as yesterday’s pizza. When it comes to Bible stories, preschoolers may miss a few details or add some embellishments. They aren’t overthinking it, they are just imagining it.
And yet...you may feel intimidated or unsure. Maybe you weren’t raised in a Christ-centered home. Or maybe you were raised in a Christian home and it left a bad taste in your mouth. Where do you even begin?
Start small and simple. Say a prayer at meals. Say a prayer at bedtime. Buy a children’s Bible and read it to your child. Ruth Haley Barton writes, “Our God is so faithful that He will fill any space we open to Him.” If you’re ready to take a step in this direction, the resources below can guide you.
Being in a Christian preschool is a great way to introduce a child to God. Going to church as a family is an important next step as well. There are many great churches in our area with strong programs for children. We encourage you to find a church home. Please remember that you are always welcome at First Presbyterian Church, Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings.