I didn’t grow up in the church. In fact, I am still the only follower of Jesus in my immediate family. I love it when one of my parents or sister get to visit us at my home. All four of my kids have received the Lord as their Savior, and we get to love on our guests in ways in which they are probably not accustomed. Despite our quirks, our family is a fun group, and my kids talk about God on a regular basis. Our home is a warm and inviting place to hang.
So am I doing anything that might give my kids a chance to share their faith with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives? I should be. After all, children can be amazing evangelists when they know what they believe. Are there kids in your church who have parents that don’t walk with God? It’s VERY likely. So gear up and get ready. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, here are five things you can do that might allow the children in your ministry to share their faith with their family and friends.
1) Practice some prayers of Thanksgiving at church and encourage the kids to volunteer to pray before a holiday meal using these prayers. Can you imagine what it would mean to a visiting relative to hear this child thank God for them, that they are precious, and that Jesus died for us all? That would be moving!
2) Utilize the tools that come with the curriculum you use. Hopefully, your curriculum has some components that involve interaction with parents/guardians. Instruct the kids in your care to “teach the Bible Story” to their grandparents using the visuals or handouts that go home with them.
3) Memorize scripture in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Try verses about the Nativity. In addition to the tried-and-true John 3:16, there are multiple verse on thanksgiving and gratitude to God. Consider helping kids memorize an Old Testament passage that prophesies the coming Messiah, Jesus.
4) For crafts, work on gifts that kids can give to relatives. Don’t end there. Teach the kids a story that they can tell as they give the gift.
5) Compel the kids to invite their visiting relative(s) to church. It’s easy to turn down an adult. It’s hard to turn down a young child, especially if that child bribes the grandparent or relative by offering to take them to McDonalds after church!