The Importance of Christian Early Childhood Education

 

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them,

for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 19:14

Almost every mother and father want the very best for their children. We give a great deal of consideration to every aspect of our kids’ lives: what they eat, what they wear, even what friends they choose for themselves. In the midst of so many concerns, though, it’s easy to neglect their spiritual development...

Many people have thought that children should make their own decisions about spirituality when they are old enough to decide for themselves, and in this way they justify not bringing their children into contact with Christ and his church. Imagine, though, if someone suggested that you shouldn’t feed your children, but rather wait until they are old enough to decide what they want to eat! Parents who want what’s best for their children will certainly see to it that they are fed good things—and if this applies to the needs of the body, which is mortal, then how much more for the soul, which is immortal?

It is in this light that the importance of Christian early childhood education is clear. This manner of educating children combines a traditional preschool curriculum with education in the things of the Christian faith. The children do all the normal, “preschool” things: counting and basic mathematics, learning colors and shapes, getting familiar with the alphabet, playing, singing, etc. They also hear many of the chief stories of the Bible, especially concerning Jesus, the Savior. They learn to pray, they sing hymns which speak of the salvation that God has won for us in his Son. They learn to worship. Most critically, by the Word of God, they are brought into contact with Jesus, who loves them, and gave himself for them.

This curriculum has three benefits beyond a secular curriculum: (1) it familiarizes them with the language and worship of God’s people at an early age, so that these things will not be foreign to them as they grow into adults; (2) it teaches them the basic stories of the Holy Bible, especially concerning the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, so that the Scriptures do not remain for them a closed book; and (3) it plants the seeds of faith, which God works through his Word where and when he will.

Children are such a rich blessing from God! And parents have a critical role in raising them to be “godly offspring” (Malachi 2:15), who know their Lord and cling to him through their whole lives. In this task, the Christian preschool can be a great help. It is truly a privilege to bring these children into the presence of their Savior at such a young age, according to our Lord’s admonition: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).

—Pastor Perry Copus, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and Preschool, Lexington

Grace Lutheran Preschool has served Lexington for a quarter-century with a curriculum which merges pre-K preparation and the stories and language of the faith in a nurturing, Christian environment. This year the congregation has opened a new preschool facility to renew their commitment to area families. For more information or to enroll, contact the church office at (660) 259-2932.

 

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