Parents of Young Children

Why We Welcome Little Children to Worship

Meal Prayers for all Occasions
Many families say grace before a shared meal, usually dinner. But what about the other times that we nourish our bodies?

Prayer Games for Kids
Kids learn through play, which makes games a great way to teach children the importance of prayer. Teaching them about prayer through games will show them how to do it while making it fun at the same time. These games are good for Sunday school classes or for teaching about prayer at home.

Lactio Davina with Children
“This beautiful practice can be a powerful experience of praying with Scripture as a family. As the children begin to read, they can take turns reading the Scripture story.”

Blessing Children in the Home by David Gortner and Heather VanDeventer
When our first daughter was a newborn we began the practice of blessing her at bedtime. Each night, one or both of us would give a blessing while making the sign of the cross on her little forehead...

Birthday Prayers and Blessings compiled by Matthew Kozlowski
Birthdays, when viewed through a Christian lens, allow us to celebrate and value God’s gift of life. Indeed, when we honor the day of someone’s birth, we make at least two major theological claims:...

Four Ways Children Do Faith Better Than Adults

Dear Parents of Young Children in Church
You are doing something really, really important.....When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present......from the Huffington Post by Jamie Bruesehoff

Worshiping with OTHER People's Children Maybe it is connected to Einstein’s theory of relativity, but I am convinced that almost all other children in the world are better behaved, more thoughtful, and more engaged in worship that the one child that I am related to.  by a Presbyterian Pastor Mom.  

Take it. Break it. Share it. Love it.
In the second season of the TV drama Mad Men, young and rising advertising copywriter Peggy Olson lands the Popsicle account by comparing a mother’s act of taking a twin pop from the freezer, breaking it in two and giving it to her children to the ritual of sharing in the Sacrament of Communion. 

An introduction to Godly Play,
11:00 Childcare for ages3-4, September-May
WMPC's The Child's Way is a children's ministry program that cares for young children whose older family members attend 9:30 Church School and stay for 11:00 worship. The Child's Way features a variety of spiritual formation programs to help young children grow in relationship with God as they learn to worship.  Godly Play is one of the programs enjoyed during The Child's Way hour.

Storypath... connecting children's literature with our faith story

This site represents the work of students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae  involved in graduate theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Reviews for books for preschoolers (infant to K)
Reviews for books for ages 6-9
Reviews for books for ages 10-13

What to Expect?
This developmental overview covers what to expect in the intellectual, physical. social, emotional, and spiritual development of your children.
Ages 0-2
Ages 3-5

Five Values for Five-year-olds
Parents Magazine suggests there are five values that all children should develop by their fifth birthday, and some easy ways to make them stick: Honesty, Justice, Determination, Consideration and Love.

Stories that Teach Values 
help you talk to your children about resolving conflict, staying healthy, telling the truth, patience, honesty, helping others, etc.