Talking to Children About God
“Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live the Christian faith, and to teach that faith to your child?”
“Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture this child by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of his church?”
The first question above is what the pastor asks the parents during a baptism. The second question is the one for the congregation. I think it is safe to say that most of us have witnessed a baptism here at this church or some other church and found it fairly easy to say “I do” or “We do” in response to these questions. It is probably not until your child begins to ask tons of questions or the first time you teach a Sunday School class that you begin to wonder: “What did I just sign up for? Who am I to talk to this child about God?”
Those are both fair questions to ask. Even as adults, we are still trying to figure out our own relationships with God and how we are to live into such a relationship in our daily lives. Now we are expected to help develop the spiritual lives of our children as well? That is a lot to ask. Such a task can seem so daunting that we do not feel equipped and confident enough to take it on.
No need to fret! The Christian Education program is here to help. We are currently planning two sessions for the months of March and April with the hope of creating a safe place to discuss how best to talk to our children about God both at the church and at home. We also hope to equip both parents and teachers with helpful tools to get the conversations about God started and to encourage the development of personal practices. On top of these sessions, we are also planning several family ministry events here at RPC to provide a space for families to engage in fellowship and service together. I encourage you all to take a look at the Christian Education section of the Grace Notes to learn more about these sessions and events.
One other thing to note is the continued conversation about the children’s program here at RPC. We have been and will continue to discuss how best to implement our child protection policy, background checks and training for our volunteers, and other ideas related to our Christian Education program. The Christian Education committee and I are working alongside the Session, parents, and teachers in order to provide a program that keeps our children safe and encourages their spiritual development as individuals and as members of this church community.
I am so excited for all that is in store for the Christian Education program! I look forward to walking alongside you all in this church’s ministry to families in the next few months.
Peace be with you,