Big God, Busy Mom

Helping Your Grandchild Discover God: 3 Easy Ideas

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Nov 11, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Though the title of this blog is “Big God, Busy Mom,” parents are certainly not the only adults who have an important role to play in raising children with faith. Often it is grandparents who are taking on the responsibility of discussing religion with children.

Whether this is because a grandparent is a primary care-provider, a child’s parents are unable or uninterested in going to church, or simply because grandparents are inherently involved in the upbringing of grandchildren—the bond between grandchild and grandparent can be a profound source of religious influence, education, and joy.

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Topics: church, children and God, teaching kids to pray, grandparents

Should I return to church? A child is making this dad reconsider

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Nov 5, 2014 1:00:00 PM

New parents are full questions, and while many of those questions are practical, like “What do I do if my baby has a fever?” or “How do I choose a good daycare?” sometimes parenthood can bring up questions about faith.

Christopher and his wife recently had a baby, and he has been thinking a lot about his spiritual journey and returning to the church in order to give his son the opportunity to experience and develop his own faith. Perhaps some of Christopher’s experiences, thoughts, and questions will be familiar to you.

Church is a mystery to kids

Christopher: When I was really young, like five years old, or maybe even younger, I would go to church and it was mysterious and strange to me. I remember at communion time watching everybody who had received their first communion go up and receive the Eucharist. There was always this tremendous mystery in that, you know, “What are people doing? What do they know that I don’t know?”

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Topics: church, children and God, spiritual journey

The real-life story of one child's spiritual journey

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Oct 13, 2014 3:23:26 PM

Children naturally sense of the presence of God, even from a very young age, but often they just don’t have the words to help them identify and express it.

Intellectual understanding will come in its own time, but a child’s innate spirituality means that it is never too early to introduce him or her to the concept of God.

Sometimes it can seem like God is too hard to explain, so when you talk with your child about God, think of it not as an explanation, but as an invitation to explore.

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Topics: kids and church, children and God, teaching kids to pray, baptism, spiritual journey

How to Teach Your Kids Right From Wrong – 3 Easy Tips

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Oct 6, 2014 3:18:00 PM

Are you having trouble explaining to your child the difference between right and wrong? Relax, it’s not that you don’t know the difference—you just don’t have the words. The good news is, the Bible does have the words, almost 800,000 of them! And they can easily be related to the daily choices your kids have to make.

Here are 3 simple ways to translate what the Bible has to say about right and wrong into language any child can understand.

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Topics: children and God, right and wrong

Should I Baptize My Child? Why One Mother Said YES

Posted by Jake Dell on Sep 18, 2014 2:22:00 PM

Watch this heartwarming video of Portia Adney and her reasons for baptizing her son.


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Topics: church, kids and church, children and God, baptism

Children and church: Tips, tricks, giggles, and joy

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Sep 8, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Does taking your kids to church seem like a nightmare scenario?

Getting your cute-but-chaotic little ones to sit still for five minutes can be challenging enough—let alone for an entire church service!

But worrying about how your children will behave shouldn't stop you from including them in your Sunday worship. Children are actually a vital part of the church communityTheir expressions of faith can enliven and brighten the entire congregation.

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Topics: church, kids and church, children and God, teaching kids to pray

Holidays and family: What do Labor Day and God have in common?

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Sep 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Happy Labor Day!  Americans everywhere have been taking this day to kick back, relax, and spend some quality time with family and friends since 1894. But when you think about it, the tradition of taking a day off to rest goes back much further than that—all the way back to Genesis. After a busy week of creating, well, everything, God “rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Genesis 2:2).

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Topics: children and God

Should my kids go to Sunday School?

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Aug 11, 2014 4:42:00 PM

It’s just about that time of year again—back to school time. Time to wrangle school supplies, scour stores for new wardrobes, savor some final summer fun, and yes, it’s time steel yourself for that inevitably emotional moment of saying goodbye to your kids on the first day of class.

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Topics: church, back to school, kids and church, sunday school, children and God

Talking to Kids about God: 7 Things Every Parent Should Know

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Aug 1, 2014 1:20:00 PM

Kids ask questions all the time — and sometimes they ask the big questions. Has the “God question” ever stumped you? This free guide is full of essential tips and tricks that make talking about God easy. Download the full guide here.

“Will my cat go to heaven?” “Who are God’s parents?” “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” Kids can ask some pretty big questions that may leave you, well, tongue-tied. We get it: talking about God can seem like a pretty daunting task. Maybe you feel too busy to give a proper answer. Maybe you’re not even sure what you think about God yourself. Or perhaps you’re just afraid of saying the wrong thing.

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Topics: kids and church, children and God, teaching kids to pray

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