Children in conversation with God
Up and down the country, BRF's Parenting for Faith is helping parents teach children and teens to develop a two-way conversation with God.
Chat and Catch - a Parenting for Faith Key Tool
BRF's Parenting for Faith helps ordinary people develop easy and effective ways to nurture children’s relationships with God. The approach is based upon five core concepts. One of these focuses on prayer and is called ‘Chat and Catch’.
Rachel Turner, Parenting for Faith’s founder and pioneer, found that when it came to prayer, Christian children were often quite focused on how to do it ‘right’ – so much so that they sometimes weren’t enjoying it or even truly connecting with God. She wanted to enable them to have an open and honest two-way conversation with God throughout the day – and so ‘Chat and Catch’ was born.
The tool ‘chat’ encourages children to talk to God (out loud or in their head) about everything and anything that is going on in their day. Rachel has seen that if children can learn to involve God in the little things of everyday life, they will also feel more able to trust him with bigger things, throughout life.
Christians often talk about ‘hearing God’s voice’ or ‘God speaking to us’, even though we are rarely referencing something audible. Children tend to interpret things literally, so this can be very confusing for them. ‘Catch’ is a more inclusive term; it teaches children to expect to receive something from God (as Eli encourages Samuel to do in 1 Samuel 3). It also introduces them to the whole range of different ways that God can communicate with us, and how to be sure it is from him.