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Your Child and Prayer

Children have everything they need for healthy spirituality.  Like each of us, children have a divine spark within them, a built-in device that calls him/her and leads him/her on a life-long journey to the Creator.  At Trinity children are valued and nurtured. Our church family loves, encourages and directs children towards a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Use these easy tips to nurture the faith of your child at every age:

Preschool/Kindergarten

Your young child may use prayer in these ways:

  • Spontaneous words or movement of praise
  • Repeating a prayer word like “amen” that is heard at church or home
  • Being present to God without words

You can nurture the prayer life of your child by:

  • Using “God bless…” prayers at bedtime to name friends and family
  • Saying a simple “thank you, God” with your child at meals.

Additional Resources:  Come by Here, Lord: Everyday Prayers for Children by Cheryl Willis Hudson (East Orange, NJ:  Just Us Books, 2001)

Grades 1 & 2

Your growing child may use prayer in these ways:

  • Spontaneous words or movements expressing a feeling
  • Repeating short prayers heard at home or at church
  • Being present to God without words

You can nurture the prayer life of your child by:

  • Modeling short, simple prayers.
  • Joining in your child’s table blessings and bedtime prayers

Additional Resources:  All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander (Harrisburg, PA:  Morehouse Publishing, 2001)

Grades 3 & 4

Your older child may use prayer in these ways:

  • Private conversations with God
  • Joining more fully in family prayer or church liturgy
  • Being present to God without words

You can nurture the prayer life of your child by:

  • Sharing your own prayer life with your child
  • Making prayer time an ordinary part of family celebrations

Additional Resources:  Praying: A Book for Children by Nancy Roth (New York: Church Publishing, 1991)

Grades 5 & 6

Your tweener may use prayer in these ways:

  • Private conversations and arguments with God
  • Taking part in and questioning prayers at home or liturgy at church
  • Being present to God without words

You can nurture the prayer life of your child by:

  • Sharing your own prayer life with your child
  • Inviting your child to take more of a leadership role at family prayer times, such as meals

Additional Resources:  I Believe: The Nicene Creed, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes (Grand Rapids, MI: William B Eerdmans, 2003)

Remember to share your joy and faith with children, both at church and at home!