Jen Robertson, our Children’s Resource Manager, describes how memorable conversations with children and young people about God happen, and introduces a a new children’s resource that can be used to create spaces where such conversations take place.
Creating space for conversations
I wonder where our best conversations take place with others?
Is it when we plan them carefully, for example an important phone call, or a long-arranged coffee shop date, or is it when we bump into someone unexpectedly in the street and the conversation goes places deeper than we would have ever expected, or when we go for a walk or a drive and the “side by side” nature of the encounter creates a space for a deeper level of conversation?
I know it has been true for me in my work with young people, that my most memorable conversations have been as we have washed dishes together, gone on a car journey to an event, or been tidying up after the group has finished.
Ensuring we have “quality time” with children is actively encouraged, but sometimes we decide what the right time is to talk and our children don’t know it is the “right” time and don’t want to join in!
Perhaps the writer of the book of Deuteronomy was aware of this as he wrote these words:
Teach them well to your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and walk along the road. Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19
These words create a beautiful picture of conversation about God being an integral part of life, not kept for special occasions, or specific parts of the day or week.
On the school run, at the breakfast table, when settling down for bed, in the chaos of trying to get out the door in the morning, or in those times of the day when someone is cooking the dinner, someone else is watching the football, and a child is doodling at the table.
A new resource to start the conversation
The “My Bible Story: Colouring Book” is a resource that can help create these spaces where chat about God can happen as part of life.
Perhaps while the child colours in you can read the story to them, and while you colour together and chat about what is happening in the story you can wonder what this part of the Bible might mean for us today.
Or perhaps a group of children and adults could sit down for a snack with their colouring books together and as they eat and create, you can start to develop the conversation about God and His love for us.
It is great that our culture seems to have realised that colouring in is not “just” for the children, and we already know that God speaks to all ages through the Bible.
These books can therefore provide a very useful all age resource.
What spaces can you create for children and adults to come closer to God through this simple resource?
The only other thing you need is good quality pens, pencils or crayons!
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the My Bible Story: Colouring Book and how to get your hands on it.
Phone: 0131 347 9822.