Teaching Children About Religion

I'm not a parent yet, I'm pregnant, but I do spend a great deal of time with my nephew. He is 5 years old and has just started showing an interest in God. I need advice on how to teach him about the subject.

His mother isn't around and his father isn't a believer, but doesn't mind if I take him to church with me. He seems to really be interested, but doesn't really know much about it yet. I think it's important that I give him every opportunity I can to learn about God and the Bible since his parents won't do it.

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Any advice on how to do this and make it interesting for him would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance! By the way, he can't read yet.

April from Centre, AL

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May 26, 20070 found this helpful

Children learn by example and your concern for this child is certainly to be commended.One of the best things to help him become aware of is that there is a God who loves him,and it seems he needs to feel loved with the little fellows problems.YOU will more than likely be the one he will look to.Another thing is to let him know that God cares about his problems and teach him to pray for his Mother and Daddy.Sometimes as a single Mother I felt uncertain that I had stressed to my children ENOUGH about the power of prayer.They are grown now with family of their own and in the midst of problems I have witnessed that my prayers were not in vain.They had learned where their source of help was in the darkest of times.No greater reward to a Mother.

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May 27, 20070 found this helpful

LET THE CHILD LEARN BY CHILDRENS BIBLE STORIES AND FUN CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN GET FREE RIGHT ON THE INTERNET.ALSO LEARNING BIBLE SONGS WILL HELP.

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May 27, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, 5 is a great age to teach him about God. There are great children's bible stories to read to him. Children often get a kick out of this. Also, if you are Christian, there is a lot of great Christian music he'd love to sing along to. Chris Tomlin and Matt Redmon are good choices. Also, the Veggie Tales series has some light and fun religious learning.

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May 28, 20070 found this helpful

The advice you received is great!! And truly God bless you for your efforts and Godly concern for this child that you can really be a mentor to! What I wanted to add, is that I found when my children were even younger than that, they can memorize Scripture so easily (my husband used to say that they don't have all of the clutter in there that we do as adults :) If you pray with them about their concerns and thank the Lord with him as you see answers to those requests, I believe that is powerful. One other thing I found very helpful is so many of the videos that reinforce in a fun way - like Superbook, the Donut Man, and the animated Bible collection that you can order from:

http://www.nestfamily.com/childrens-bible-stories/

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My oldest is just graduating from high school, and I am so thankful that they all love the Lord. Those last videos they loved when very young and used to put on plays imitating those Bible stories. May you see great fruits for your efforts!!!

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

Take him to a church where there is a Sunday School program. They do an awesome job at introducing concepts to the children. Then it is up to you to field the quesitons! Praying before bed and meals is a good ritual as well!

Good luck!

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

If you take him to church get him in a sunday school class. They teach kids on a level that they can understand

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

Check with churches in your area, now that school is out they have summer bible school, from 9-12 for a week. My friend takes her kids, to all the churches, you don't have to be a member and the kids have fun.

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

Bible stories are good and Sunday School is great if your church has that. Veggie Tale movies are great and kids love them.

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

My husband and I had a children's bookstore. The very best book about God that I know is Because Nothing Looks like God - Lawrence Kushner, Dawn Majewski (Illustrator), Karen Kushner. I now volunteer at a temple library although I am not Jewish and always recommend this book for every grandparent that comes to visit. I suggest this book as a coffee table book so that it can be picked up any time by children or adults.

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May 30, 20070 found this helpful

i have a granson that is 2& ever since he learned to give kisses i would have him kiss the Jesus on a cross necklace i always wear. Now he just knows when he gives Gamma a kiss Jesus gets one too,Jesus even gets them and i don't but thats alright with me too so i think i have played a little part in associating a cross with Jesus.Likewise my daughter and the father are not the real religious types , they believe but don,t live by it.

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Nature is a wonderful way to teach small children about God. Tell them that everything they see - flowers, trees, grass - are made and tended by God. Thank you for caring and keep up the good work! God bless you and him!

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Inquire about Christian radio in your town. Here in Baltimore, we have kids shows on Saturday morning. I enjoy them too. We have: Down Gilead Lane, Focus on the Family Kids Show, Karen and Kids and 1 or 2 others that are local.

Also you can read story books that talk about the truth. I would also reccommend going to a Gospel preaching church that speaks the truth about Jesus and His saving power. sandy sheep 1 @ yahoo.com

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

You can have so much fun talking about God with this little boy! Perhaps your church, or another neighborhood church, has a summer Bible school he could go to. They are usually Monday thru Friday, in the mornings or in the evenings, for a week. Vacation Bible School meant so much to me as a child! Nowadays the themes are very appealing to the children. That would give you some stories and songs to reinforce with him at other times. Goodwill and other stores often have children's bible story books you can buy very cheap. During the school year, look for an AWANA program. It's a kid's program with rewards for learning Bible verses, great competitions and games, and excellent adult role models. This often meets on a Wed. or Sun nite.

You yourself should look for a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in your area. That is a great way to enjoy other moms while your child learns and plays.

Love, Kate, NC

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