I remember the days as a Kids Minister when the term “Family Ministry” began to gain momentum and attention. Everyone began quoting Deuteronomy 6 and telling parents to lead their kids’ spiritual growth. Sounds easy right?
Well, I quickly learned that there is no one cookie cutter program or curriculum or method for Family Ministry. It’s a combination of passionate teachers, committed parents, and great resources working together to help kids build a solid faith foundation. And there are some great resources out there that a church can recommend to families. One of my new favorites is The Explore the Bible Kids app. (Bonus: the app can also be used in the classroom!} Check out some of these features that will help parents sit down and dig deep into God’s Word with their kids!
Family Reading Plan: The family reading plan helps your family read through the Bible passages for the books that are studied each quarter.
Weekly Bible Stories: Both the preschool and kids Bible stories are on the app to help parents engage in what their kids are studying.
Family Memory Verse: Each week of Explore the Bible, families are encouraged to memorize a verse of scripture—together!
Preschool Bible Story Puzzles: Preschoolers will enjoy sliding the puzzle pieces of their Bible story picture into place.
Preschool Memory Verse: Not only can preschoolers discover the weekly verse, they can hear it read aloud.
Kids Explorer Plus: This feature allows kids to review something from their Explorer Guide. Spin an object around, draw to complete a picture, click to read more intriguing details—each week brings a fun, new way to study the historical and cultural context of the Bible passage.
Kids Word to Know: Check out a word from the Bible in its original language. Try pronouncing it, and then listen to the pronunciation to see how close you were.
I could go on, but we’ll let you join the adventure and discover other features of the app on your own. The App is available in the iTunes® App Store and Google Play. We hope your families will enjoy exploring God’s Word together!
P.S. I almost forgot to tell you the best part. The Explore the Bible Kids App is FREE!