It breaks my heart to see kids who just don’t want to go to church.
No doubt there is a war going on in the child’s heart, but with parents who love them and guide them to God, they can get excited about what’s going on at church.
Parents play a crucial role in bringing excitement about church and having a relationship with Jesus in their kid’s lives.
Unfortunately, kids often feel out of place or useless in a church setting which can lead to feelings of dread or even fear about church.
Laying the ground work is important.
If you are serious about getting your kids excited about church, you have to be excited, too. Start with yourself and your attitude. Then pray for your spouse, if needed, before working with your kids.
Think about this.
How do you feel about getting up on Sunday morning? If you go to church with a twinge of regret or if you’d rather sleep in or be somewhere else, anywhere else, your kids will sense this.
If you’re not excited about church, your kids will not be excited either. If one parent is not on board, your kids will be reluctant and confused.
Changing your attitude and family culture can be challenging, but it’s worth it!
Your kids are learning by your example. What are you teaching them?
If your heart is excited for church, then try these tips to help your kids get excited about church, too.
Teach your kids why it’s important to learn about God.
Learning about God shows us His will for our lives, His character, and promises He has made for us. There are so many good things that come from learning about God.
Some of the best advice about teaching kids about God I’ve received, is simply to be ready at a moment’s notice to talk about how good God is. My initial reaction was, “I can’t drum up a theological statement at a moment’s notice.” Truth is, I can talk about how good God is. I can give examples and stories about His blessings on my life. Simply looking at the sky and acknowledging the Creator is a great way to share how good God is. If you are an excited believer, you can do this too.
You see, it doesn’t have to be big and loud to be effective. A simple ongoing conversation about God is enough to keep everyone focused on what’s most important.
What have you experienced that you can share with your children?
Where are you reading in the Bible that really impacted you?
Teach your kids why church family is important.
If you are new Christians or are in a new church, finding friends can be difficult, especially for kids.
According to Acts 2:46-47, we need a strong family of believers to eat with, pray with, and help each other out. We don’t need to be alone. In fact, we need to act as one body to share the good news.
Trust me, church family is great and finding church friends can help your kids be excited about church.
Go out to eat after church this Sunday, or get together for a game night with folks from your church.
Those relationships are meaningful and can last a lifetime.
If you have some cool programs or classes to get involved in, what’s stopping you?
Getting involved with fellow believers is how you get to know each other and deepen your faith together.
Vacation Bible School is a fabulous example!! Kids love it and they can make some great friends during a fun week of learning about Jesus.
Other ways to get involved are Sunday School, Awana, and Upwards Sports.
If there are no programs to get involved in at your church, talk to your pastor. I know from experience, pastors love for people to get involved.
Here’s a piece of advice though; don’t be surprised if you need to help out to get a new program going. That’s ok, because it’s worth the investment.
Just get involved and your kids will love it and look forward to it.
** Bonus idea – Take your kids on a summer mission trip. There are all kinds of mission trips to all kinds of places happening at any given time. This can be a great way to teach your kids to think of others by getting involved in good work.
Challenge your kids.
Challenge your kids to memorize Scripture, take good sermon notes, and actually learn some stuff about the Bible.
Find a great Bible study for them to participate in, or do a study as a family.
Increasing their knowledge of God will show relevance and application about the Bible, and therefore bring excitement about God and church.
Do they like history? The Bible is full of it.
Do they like science or math? Yep, that’s in there too.
Don’t forget literature.
What do your kids like and how can you use the Bible to fulfill that interest?
**Bonus idea – Maybe you can visit the Holy Land or Israel as a great graduation trip. Talk about getting excited about the Word.
Implementing these steps and having some good conversations about why we go to church will go a long way to getting your family aligned with God’s plan; to be a part of the body of Christ.
Drop me a comment below to let me know how it’s going with your family.