At the risk of sounding like an Augsburg Fortress commercial I wanted to highlight this story Bible that I came across. This Bible is geared towards age 2 through grade 2 kids and contains 150 Bible stories. It has great color pictures, stories that are short and each have a question or an action statement; something to help the kids think more about the story.
After buying one copy to look at I bought another 10. So far two people have come in to buy one and others said they are also interested. I may need to buy more. There is also a Spark Bible geared towards grade 3 through grade 6 students. And all of this is part of the Spark Sunday school curriculum.
My plan is to read out of this story Bible on Sundays for the children’s message (trying to coordinate with the Gospel text) and also to give one to parents who have their children baptized here. I have been trying to encourage people to get into the Bible more so let’s start them young.
My point here is not to give Augsburg Fortress free advertising but rather to highlight a resource for getting kids into the Bible. One of my fondest memories took place one Sunday morning. One of my 3 year olds came into the narthex before worship and was carrying a couple books. She ran up to me to show me and the first one she showed me was her new Bible. She was pretty excited and proud of her Bible. Now…what pastor is not going to get excited about that.
I hope more kids will develop a love for scripture early and keep scripture as a huge part of their lives as they grow up, but it all begins with the family.