Peanut is old enough now to transition from children’s church to “big” church. While she has been bringing her bag of coloring books, crayons, and silly putty for some time, she really hasn’t made the transition to participating in the church service. Thus, what transpired into an early Easter present to help her make the transition, began with a Bagabook.
Week one was a success. In fact, she was very excited about all she had learned from her first week that even today she stopped me, and asked if she could do the same things again next week. Score!
That said, here are 3 things you may want to try to prepare your child for big church too. I pray they are as much of a help to you and your child(ren) as they have been for mine.
3 Ways to Prepare Your Child for BIG Church
- Find a Bible that THEY can read. Depending on your child’s reading level I highly recommend The Adventure Bible for Early Readers since it is the complete Bible written on a 3rd grade reading level or the Jesus Storybook Bible since every story points the way to Jesus as the Savior.
- Get a Bible cover for the Bible so they can store notes and can easily carry it on their own. For Easter we gave Peanut a Bagabook cover, and she loves it. First off, it’s pink (her favorite color)…It has a trendy cover and personal note from author Jacqueline Wilson…A bookmark (something rarely included on children’s bibles)…A zipper pocket for notes…
And a long handle so Peanut can carry her Bible on her shoulder. Fabulous!By the way, the Bagabook covers come in adult fashions too with matching scarves and tote bags to boot! Just FYI in case you are wondering if they have a cover for you too!
- Finally, provide some way to help them focus on what is happening in the service. Since Peanut’s Bagabook has a small pocket in the back, I decided to make a small booklet using 3×5 cards that she could place in her Bagabook each week to help her focus on the service. In the booklet she writes down the songs sung, the sermon scripture reference, draws pictures summarizing the sermon, and more.
The big success? She can now tell me what the sermon is about! And THAT is a big success in my book.
Want a copy of our church focus cards to fit into your Bagabook cover?
To print: Load your printer with 3×5 index cards. Select 5×3 for the paper size or check “choose paper source by PDF size” to have the printables printed on 3×5 index cards. That’s it! Enjoy!
Interested in getting your own Bagabook?
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God bless you as you make the transition to big church with your little one. Trust me–it’s worth it!