On my bookshelf sits a black, leather-bound Bible that once belonged to my grandmother. For a book so old—it was published in the late 1800s—it is in very good condition.When this Bible was read, the delicate pages were turned with utmost care and it was stored in a safe place out of reach of dust and damage. Children did not carelessly touch the holy book.
There is something to be said for treating God’s Word with reverence and care, but neither do we want the Bible to become an out-of-reach relic. Our desire is for the next generation to get to know the awesome story of the Gospel and God’s great rescue plan.
There are many great hands-on resources that can help beat Bible boredom and get your kids—and you—into God’s Word in a fun and accessible way. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- Download Bible Skills for Kids, a free PDF with information on how to teach Bible skills, lists of foundational Bible Stories for preschoolers and kids, the most important memory verses for kids, and what to look for when selecting a Bible for kids. You can also download a Bible skills milestones poster and find free training for yourself or your ministry team. (Lifeway)
- Check out these at-home suggestions for how you can practice Bible skills with toddlers, preschoolers, younger kids and older kids. (Kids Ministry 101)
- Download fun, colourful, and free Books of the Bible resources. Includes a printable poster, games, puzzles, hand-motions guide and more. Find a free Sunday school lesson, with the option to purchase a larger Books of the Bible curriculum. (Children’s Ministry Deals)
Kids love their devices! Check out these three digital resources that get kids into the Bible in a fun way.
- Little ones will enjoy Back to the Bible Kids, where you can find three free apps with Bible ABCs, colouring and games. (Back to the Bible Canada)
- The Bible App for Kids app is a free download. The Bible App for Kids also offers a storybook, videos, and a two-year curriculum (also free) for churches or families. (Life.Church)
- Kids ages 6-12 can check out Lightgliders, a digital world of fun, role-playing games and Bible-based activities. Available for computers, tablets and smartphones, there are some free game-play options as well as subscriber options.
- Guardians of Ancora is a completely free app that takes kids through a virtual world where they discover Jesus and engage with Bible stories through quests, quizzes, videos, games and more. (Scripture Union)
When you take the time to dig into God’s Word for yourself, and with your kids, your Bible won’t be stuck collecting dust on the shelf. It will become an active part of your growing relationship with Jesus.
Kelly Rempel is Director of Creative Communications for One Hope Canada.