Parents are the primary educators of their children, yet many parents feel inadequate and time- poor when it comes to teaching Scripture. It is good to remember that if parents are committed to deepening their own education about the word of God, they will naturally find ways to share that learning with their children. Also, small steps, like the ones below, have a big impact.
Ensure that your home has at least one good Bible. Keep it in a visible, prominent place.
Let your children see you reading Scripture.
Read a Scripture verse as part of family prayer time, or mealtime grace.
Learn about Scripture with your child. Take an interest in your child’s R.E. lessons; engage with their sacramental workbook.
Stay alert for conversational opportunities to make connections between Bible stories and world events. E.g., the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt and refugees.
Use music. Fill your home with beautiful melodies with scriptural lyrics.
Teach your children to memorise short
Bible verses; e.g., ‘Do not be afraid’. That way, they will always have the Word with them.
Have fun with Scripture. As a family, devise a Bible Bee. Or dramatise a Bible story.
Movies. Watch a Bible story on the big screen with your children.
Add a Scripture quote to your child’s birthday card, as a touch of inspiration or to express how you feel.
A resource to share with the parents of your students: ‘Twenty Ways to Share Scripture at Home’ by CSO Broken Bay. Download it here.