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How to Bring Your Child to Jesus

Updated on April 1, 2012

Going to Church

As a child, I attended "high church" with my family at a rather rigid Episcopal cathedral church in the South. What do I remember most about that early church experience? It was the refreshments after the service in the fellowship hall which had a black and white checkerboard floor. I would dart around only on black squares clutching a handful of scrumptious tea cookies and some punch.

The rest of church time was BORING, TOO LONG, TORTURE. And Sunday school was just too much like, well, you know, school. I had no love of church, no desire to go. It was like punishment. So, what can parents do today to bring children to church and to Jesus?

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Sunday School

Traditionally, Sunday school was before or after the church service, but nowadays, you can find churches that offer Sunday school, or Children's Church, during the same time as "grownup church."

Seacoast Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, is an example of a church that offers an incredible children's program during the same time as the main worship. Activities are fun and exciting, more like Vacation Bible School. My daughter's pre-teen class actually has a live band on stage playing music for them. The kids are moving, singing, playing games, and having meaningful discussions. It is a time they really look forward to experiencing. What a difference this is from forcing a child to sit quietly during a long sermon he is not able to understand.

Teach Your Child Everyday

Remember that bringing your child to Jesus is not just about going to church once a week. You can teach your child every day. Start the day off with a devotional reading at breakfast. There are lots of fun age-appropriate children's devotionals out there. My family uses Growing with Jesus by Andy Holmes, which is a book of 100 daily devotionals. Older children can take turns reading, and everyone can join the discussion.

During the week, get the kids involved with volunteer work. Collect food and clothing for the needy and make sure you take the kids with you to drop off. Offer a helping hand or a cooked meal for the elderly or sick. Let the kids see you reading your Bible or preparing for a Bible study. Children will learn how to be like Jesus by following your lead.

Connecting With the Community

There are ways kids can get out in the community as they follow Jesus. As a teenager, I attended a youth group at my best friend's church. My church also had a youth group, but her church's group had cuter boys, so there you go. Yes, there is a social aspect there, and that is important for this season of life.

Encourage your teen to join a youth group to connect with other teens in a safe, wholesome setting. Your church may also have volunteer opportunities for your child. My 13-year-old niece will be handing out Thanksgiving dinners to needy families this year. You also may want to look into upcoming mission trips for teen groups.

Experience Religion as a Family

Attending a family-friendly church is key to giving your child the best opportunity to love church and to learn about Jesus. Your child will grow even closer to Jesus by experiencing religion together at home and in the community. What has worked for you and your child? Please leave a comment.


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      Raitu Disong 5 years ago

      Yes love never fails!

      Nice one Chaplin...

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, teaches12345. I like what you said about this love and relationship being a natural part of life. So true.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Cultivating a love for Jesus starts with the parents sharing His love at home. If parents continue the sharing all through the growing years, it will become a natural part of their lives. Your thoughts are ones that will help children to establish a real relationship with Jesus. Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Hi, ALL4JESUS

      I think there is a definite appeal to bringing the family closer in the process of studying together. That also means good relationaship, less discipline problems, more trust.

      For the busy parent, I would suggest using times right before or after meals. Traveling in the car, even - on the way to school.

      Some parents may not know where to start, so maybe offer them some materials or suggest a fun simple devotional.

      Good luck and thank you for helping others.

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      ALL4JESUS 6 years ago from USA


      I just started again as a Sunday School teacher, what suggestions would you have for us?

      We are sending out letters to parents and encouraging them to study with their children.

      How can the instructor motivate the busy parent?

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Sturgeonl! Your quote says it all. Praying together strengthens faith and also family ties. A win/win.

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      Sturgeonl 6 years ago

      Wonderful Hub! I like the suggestions you have for incorporating a Love for Jesus in daily tasks. Our family prays together. It truly strengthens our faith and relationship with Christ. There is a saying "A Family that prays together stays together!"

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thank you, ALL4JESUS. This one was my first hub and I appreciate your comments and votes.

      These days, some families even struggle to have a dinner together. It is a priority in my family, and giving thanks for food is very important. We take so much for granted.

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      ALL4JESUS 6 years ago from USA

      Prayer at the family dinner is my mantra. Remembering to be thankful for food is important. We take too many things for granted. Beautiful! Voted up, useful and beautiful. Promoting family, promoting God in the family is something all of us can do. Weaving Jesus into our life's tapestry - that is the way to live!

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Godzangel! I agree with you about the gift, and it is amazing what children can teach you about Jesus as well!

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      Godzangel 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      What a great hub!!! Knowing Jesus at a young age is the most beautiful gift you can give a child. Great job!

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I agree, Hypenbird. Weaving Jesus into everyday life is the way it should be and definitely benefits children! Thanks.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Speaking the name of Jesus and talking about the power of God as a normal and necessary addition to our lives makes Him real to children. My son is eight years old and in love with God. He worships in that unrestrained and passionate way of children. He goes all out defending and explaining Jesus to anyone. I feel we cannot wait until children are not children to begin. What a great Hub! Thank you for this one.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, LC. Having a children's sermon in the worship service is a great way to include the kids. I remember seeing this at a small Episcopal church I attended as a young adult. The kids always were so excited to "go up front" to hear the message.

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      Linda Compton 6 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Dear CS,

      Engaging hub with meaningful suggestions. Whenever I used to lead worship and preach, I loved the children's sermon (which was incorporated in the worship service). I'd sit on the floor with the kiddos in a circle and always loved their answers. It was fun and the "lesson" was intended to involve as much as instruct them. Thanks for your thoughtful hub. Blessings, Linda

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      sunkentreasure, Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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      Bless your children with the power of prayer

      Celebrate their uniqueness

      Feed them encouragement and inspiration

      and let them feel they are greatly loved.

      Teach your children the beauty of kindness

      Enrich them with the wonders of nature

      Fill their hearts with joyful melody

      and always be their friend.

      Clothe your children in goodness

      Make their world full of nice surprises

      Help them to follow their dreams

      and thank God they came into your life.

      © Bernard Levine

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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      Yes, singing worked for me! :)

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks! I bet joining a children's chorus would be a great opportunity for kids to find a love of church.

      I love that Jack Nicholson movie!

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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      My mom taught me to sing religious songs so that I can show off my singing abilities back then. It didn't improve my singing skills but that made me look forward to going to church every Sunday.

      I suddenly remembered Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets when you mentioned that you only stepped on the black squares. :)

      Wonderful hub!