Monday, September 23, 2013

Child Spiritual Development Resources
By: Charles Steiner

Today I’d like to let you know about a couple of resources that I am recommending to parents to assist in the spiritual development of your children who are in preschool or elementary school.

The first is a worksheet I have made available in the foyer of our church building called “My Worship Notes”. Many times it is such a struggle for parents with small children during worship, both in behavior and in helping them to learn to be active participant in worship. I hope this worksheet will help with both of these struggles. The worksheet asks children to write down the numbers of the songs we sang, their favorite song we sang, the number of times words like God and Jesus were said and it also includes a place for them to write down the lesson title, Bible verses, and a box where they can draw a picture that describes the sermon that was preached. The feedback I’ve received so far has been great. This worksheet is already helping several of our children learn and participate during worship.

The second resource I’d like to recommend is a book called The Beginner’s Bible. It is a Bible storybook for young children that help introduce them to the stories and characters of the Bible. More than 90 Bible stories are included with illustrative cartoon pictures that help the stories of the Bible come to life. It would be great if parents read at least one story out of this book and prayed with their children each day. Then as they get older, this pattern could be continued with an actual Bible and resources that are more appropriate for older children and teens. The Beginners Bible can be purchased locally in Tuscaloosa at Barnes and Noble or at Lifeway Christian Store. It can also be purchased online at with the current price being $8.17 for a new copy and $1.37 for a used copy. Order the Book Here The book is also available on the kindle and other ereaders if you prefer this.

Both of these resources can be used to further the spiritual development of your child. I hope they will be put to good use. 

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