Resources for FAmilies
With schools closed and people confined to their homes, many parents are struggling what to do with their children from morning to evening, especially if they still have to work from home. We have put together a few ideas and resources that might inspire you to use this time as a unique opportunity to strengthen your family relationships, talk about God, reflect on His Word and pray together.
The Bible speaks about the importance of parents teaching their children in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." - Now is the opportunity!
What to Do with My Child at Home?
With many countries on lock-down, families are confined to their homes for most or all of their day. Some parents still have to work from home, others may struggle with the uncertainty of the future or the loss of jobs and income. How can we take care of our children in the midst of our own frustration?
Lead Your Child to Christ
This family booklet of some 40 pages is ideal tool for leading a child to God. It gives a sense of the potential that loving adults have as “those who influence” the spiritual development of the children. Familiarize yourself with the ages, needs and questions of your child’s age group – so that you can disciple your children in active, intentional and meaningful ways.
Read and download here
Explore the Bible with Kids
‘Bible App for Kids brings the Bible to life in a whole new way by providing God’s Word digitally to children around the world. This digital app is a free resource that is easily used to share Truth to children and it can be downloaded in every region of the world’. Download here
Kids’ Bible Story Videos
These videos for kids closely follow the written Bible text depicting the stories about how Jesus prays in Gethsemane, is arrested, dies on the cross and resurrects. Fitting for kids 4 years old and up. Watch the videos
Pray with Your Child
The current COVID-19 crisis can be overwhelming for us as adults, so how can we explain it to children in ways they can understand? And how can we pray with them in a time of crisis such as this? Below are a few simple ideas what to pray for that can serve as guidance as you pray with your child. They are flexible and can be adjusted according to the age of the child. Learn how to pray with your child.
Help your family be fit and healthy, stay connected, and grow in character. family.fit is a mobile phone tool that will help a family at home connect in fun ways and exercise regularly in their house, apartment or local park. With a little creativity, everyone can be fit and healthy, stay connected, and grow in character and faith. Visit family.fit
20 Minutes Each Day
If you find it difficult to stay at home with your family all day, you are not alone! Being a loving parent 24/7 is not easy, especially under such circumstances. But try to start with one simple habit: spend at least 20 minutes of quality time with each child per day. Ask them how they are, share your faith story, engage in conversation or have fun together. The most valuable you can give them is your undivided attention!
Prepare a Clear Schedule
Kids need a well structured day, so it helps to prepare a clear schedule: when should they get up? What time are breakfast, lunch and dinner? Plan some time for exercise, study, games, Bible reading, prayer. Download schedule: Horizontal version
Memorize Bible Verses
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, he used one simple defense: God’s Word! (See Matthew 4:1-11) Helping kids memorize Bible verses can be fun, especially if they do it together with the parents. Why don’t you pick just one verse per day and memorize it over breakfast as a family?
More to come!
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