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Fun with food: How to say grace with your child

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Aug 25, 2014 12:01:00 AM

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One of the easiest ways to bring God into your children’s daily life is to make a habit of saying grace during family meals. (Plus it comes with the added benefit of helping to instill good table manners!) Whether you’re having a formal meal, a lazy weekend breakfast, or even if you’re just eating pizza in front of the T.V., a few seconds’ pause to express your gratitude goes a long way.

From simple to silly, here are five kid-friendly ideas for teaching kids to pray and give thanks at mealtime. Add more to this list, by sharing your own favorite mealtime prayers in the comments below!

1. Classic
For these and all God’s many blessings, God’s holy Name be praised. Amen.
-The Book of Common Prayer, p. 835

2. Easy-to-remember
God is great! God is good! Let us thank Him for our food. Amen.|

3. For a Meal on the Go
“God, we are in a hurry but help us not to forget you. We give you thanks for this food and for the hands that prepared and served it to us. Whether we eat on a plate or eat from a bag, at home or in the car, help us to remember that you are the one who feeds us. Amen.”
-Forward Movement

4. Pizza Grace
Thanks for cheese, Thanks for meat,

Thanks for those with whom we eat,
Those who hunger, those who shiver,
Thank you God: you, too, deliver.”

5. Macaroni and Cheese Grace
Boil the water, add the noodles,
Mac and cheese we love you oodles,
In gratefulness for this creation,
We bow and eat with such elation!
-Grace Church Charleston

Topics: teaching kids to pray, family meals, saying grace, table manners, grace

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