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Early Childhood Formation Toolbox
Starting faith formation in early childhood is a wonderful opportunity to model and share God’s love with the littlest ones. Young children can know they are loved by God, the church is a safe place, and learn simple rituals to grow in their faith.
This toolbox contains videos, articles, ideas and more to encourage parents and caregivers who help young children to foster faith.
Early Childhood Development
Appropriate Faith Development Through the Years from childrenministry.com
Honor special days in the life of your child or family such as:
Keep a journal with these special days and write a prayer or blessing for each. It could be as simple as “Thank you God for new things!”
Nature Walk – talk about creation and thank God for the nature you see
Use toys to re-tell a Bible story
Prayers for Faithful Families by Traci Smith is an excellent resource with many prayers relevant to families
Try praying together at these times:
- When changing a diaper
- Brushing Teeth
- First Steps
Supporting Parents & Caregivers
Ways to support parents and caregivers of young children
- Parent groups
- Parents Night Out
- Co-op for stay at home parents
- Connect with experienced parents
- Trustworthy parenting resources
Faith formation ideas for young children at church, including the nursery.
- Milestones (Here’s a list of possible milestone ideas)
- Nursery (The Most Important Space in the Church: The Nursery by Rita B. Hays)