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 parents can play a crucial role in bringing excitement about church and having a relationship with Jesus.
If you are serious about getting your kids excited about church, you have to be excited. 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, your kids will sense this. If you’re not excited about church your kids will not be either and if one parent is not excited your kids will be reluctant and confused. Start with yourself and your attitude. Then pray for your spouse, if needed, before working on your kids. Changing your attitude can be an awesome place to start!
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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. God is so many things for us. If you believe that God is good share that with your kids. If you don’t share God with your kids, go back to previous step and check your heart. Perhaps, you need to get excited or deepen your relationship with God so you can share with your kids.
- Teach your kids why church family is important. We need each other. We need a strong family of believers. Trust me, church family is great! And church friends can help your kids be excited about church. Go out to eat or get together to play with some folks from your church. Those relationships are lifetime relationships.
- If you have some cool programs or classes to get involved in, what’s stopping you? Getting involved is how you get to know each other and how you find purpose. Vacation Bible School is fabulous!! Kids love it and can make some great friends during a fun week of learning about Jesus. Other ways to get involved are Sunday School, Asana, 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, don’t be surprised if you need to help out with a new endeavor. That’s ok. 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 and this can be a great way to teach your kids to think of others.
- 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 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. Literature is too, of course. What do your kids like? **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 church will go a long way to getting your family aligned with God’s plan.
Blessings to you and your reluctant kids.
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