Family faith-sharing tip:
Whenever you’re exploring the Bible with your children, make sure that they enjoy the experience and find interesting ways to make it relevant to their lives.
- Psalm 19:7
- The Bible contains wisdom that is still useful for us today.
- Bibles in modern translations, or make copies of a chapter of Proverbs from a modern translation from www.biblegateway.com
- Coloring materials, modeling clay, etc.
What you do:
- Introduce the Book of Proverbs as being written by King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived. Explain that it’s a special book full of short, wise comments that are still interesting, amusing, or useful today.
- Read through a chapter of Proverbs together. Choose a chapter between 10 and 27 that contains ideas you think your children would enjoy.
- Give each person a copy of the chapter and 5 to 10 minutes to find a way to illustrate one of the proverbs on the list. They mustn’t let anyone else know which proverb they’ve chosen.
- They can draw a comic strip or cartoon, illustrate the proverb with a mime, make an arrangement of objects, write a poem about the proverb, or whatever they like.
- When everyone’s ready, have them take turns to show or perform their chosen proverbs.
- After each mini-presentation, see if anyone can guess which proverb in the chapter was being illustrated.
- Then take a few moments to discuss each proverb. How does it apply to you today? How might you write it differently today? What difference would it make to your life and relationships if you put this proverb into practice?
- Optional: Make a mini-sign or poster with a useful proverb written on it and display it in a relevant place—such as a proverb about being careful with your money next to your purse or savings box.
The Bible contains many short prayers of blessing. Try Numbers 6:25, 26; Psalm 121:7, 8; or Philippians 4:7. Place your hand on your child’s head or hand as you pray your chosen blessing over them. If this would make them feel self-conscious, do it while they are asleep, or write them a blessing in a card or a text message, etc.
Family worship resources
100 Quick and Easy Worship Ideas for Kids, by Karen Holford, Pacific Press Publishing Association, is a useful book of simple family worship activities that you can use for children under seven. It also contains brief inspirational thoughts for parents. It can be purchased from your local Adventist Book Center or online.