A few years ago I suddenly had the realization that I was relying on our church to be the main driver of our kids religious growth. The wonderful youth pastors only see our kids for a few hours a week, but why should I expect the church to play the largest role in their religious journey? We of course talked to the kids about our faith, but it was clear that I need to take the lead. Here’s what we did to play a more active role. I’m also including a few free kids bible study printables for you to use!
Enter the Bible Binder
Think cliff notes for the bible….The bible binder was something I created to give our son a central location of facts and information. It has been used often and is pulled out when he needs a little more depth or expansion on information.
The binder took some time to pull together but was well worth the invested effort! I’ve also used it when trying to remember a certain story or the background of a specific person. It’s a nearly no cost solution to introducing an extremely helpful tool into your kids religious education. I’ve love how easy it is to adapt and expand upon as needed.
To Get You Started
I’m attaching four of the PDF kid bible study printables that I created for our binder that you can use to begin. I started with foundational information such as how the bible is organized, main characters, popular verses, timelines, maps, etc. Beginning with the basics opened the door to adding more details later on. When in doubt, just start small and add on as you go. As questions arise with your kids, find the answer together and add it to the binder. We leave blank pages in the binder for notes or clarifications.
If you are looking for other resources, we use the Discover 4 Yourself series and highly recommend it. The books are set up in a way that is easy to do a chapter at a time. Each chapter also has questions included at the end which helps to create additional conversations. Our son likes to jump around from one study guide to another so that he can cover different topics and choose what he is most interested in. It’s been a great way to cover lessons and important topics!
Bible Study Printables
The Armor of God:Armor of God Printable from Continued Optimism
The 12 Disciples of Jesus:12 Disciples of Jesus Printable from Continued Optimism
The Lord’s Prayer:Lords Prayer Printable from Continued Optimism
Books of the Bible:Books of the Bible Printable from Continued Optimism