The autumn term is often a special time when we become more aware than ever of how our children are growing up. Whether your child is at a new school or nursery, or has just moved into a new class, here are some ideas you can try at home to ask God’s blessing at this special time.
As summer draws to a close, there are beautiful colours to be found everywhere, especially in the leaves that fall from the trees. As we enjoy the best bits of autumn, we can be thankful along the way, wherever we are…
There’s always a time to feel thankful and a time to be thankful. Feeling thankful acknowledges good things can’t always be taken for granted. Encouraging children to say ‘thank you’ to God and others is not just good manners, it also helps them to show love for God and other people.
Thinking about where our food comes from, being thankful for it and remembering those who don’t have as much as we do helps children to recognise the blessing of ‘our daily bread’.
Some parents aren’t sure quite what to feel about Hallowe’en – is it just harmless fun, or are there aspects of it that don’t fit in with how we want to see the world? The christening service is very honest about the reality of good and evil, and Hallowe’en can be a good time to talk about those things and how the love of Jesus can be a ‘light in the darkness’ for everyone.
Autumn has traditionally been a time when Christians explore the big questions about life and death. Watching the leaves fall and the nights draw in is an opportunity for all ages to think about love and loss and remember in special ways.
If you’d like a prayer to say with your child around the time of Remembrance Sunday, this prayer uses poppies as a way to think about different people to pray for.
It gets dark so early this time of year – the longest night and shortest day is 21st December. Cold nights can be very clear, so it’s a good time to see the stars. It’s a wonderful way to let children experience awe and wonder.
At Harvest time, Christians think about saying “thank you” to God, but also about what God wants us to do with the things he has given us. Read on for some ideas to help children learn about the generosity of God and how we can show that to others.