“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7, NIV84).
What happens at home Monday-Saturday is more important to the spiritual formation of a child than what happens on Sunday morning at church. No one else has the influence that you, as the parent, have with your children. After all, no one else has as much time with them as you do. You have so many teachable moments (maybe more than you'd like at times) with them that no other adult is privy to. But maybe you don't know where to start. Maybe the thought of praying with your children makes your palms sweaty. Maybe you don't have a lot of time. Maybe you feel overwhelmed at the thought of talking about God with your children. We want to give you some simple ideas that go along with what they are systematically learning in children's church. We call these ideas "Parent Cues." We want to "cue" you so that you can make the most of the time that you have with your children. Chances are what they are learning at church will apply to some of your teachable moments during the week.
This week's Parent Cue for Pre-K children is : Yesterday your child learned that they can “trust God’s plan even when it’s hard” through the story of Joseph in jail (Genesis 39-40; Proverbs 4:11-12). This week, at play time, play jail tag with a space as jail to go to if you are tagged. A friend can high-5 you free! Talk about Joseph trusting God in jail.
This week's Parent Cue for elementary children is: This week, sit down with your family and come up with a way that you can serve your community together this season. Pray and ask God for what you need (guidance, time, energy, funds etc.) to be able to serve.
Please let me know if there is a more convient way that you would like to get your parent cue. Also, there is a a Parent Cue app that you can download (for $1.99) that has a lot of different fun resources available on it.