Teaching Preschoolers the Gospel through Storying

  • Who are you?
  • Where do you come from?
  • Why do you exist?
  • Where are you going?
  • How will you get there?

Stories connect us—across cultures, generations, and communities. Stories are meant to be shared and passed on.

Who first told you about Christ? Who first shared His story with you, connecting His story to your story? For me, it was my grandmother. She shared Christ faithfully with me each time she kept my brother and me.

From the time I was around 3 or 4, I can remember her telling us Bible stories. And if anyone were qualified to teach children the Bible, it was my grandmother. She had taught the 4- and 5-year-old class at her church for years, even before I was born.

We acted out the Bible stories (including taking turns playing the role of Zacchaeus just so we would be able to climb the tree), played games to memorize Scripture, and sang songs and colored until we were exhausted. Many of the ways my grandmother taught me the stories still come to mind when I read them as an adult. She laid a foundation of the stories in the Bible, which will continue with me the rest of my life and will eventually be passed along to my children (and possibly, one day, my grandchildren).

Many people have asked why I am diligent on my toddler being taught Bible stories. “She can’t understand them yet,” they tell me. But I know the truth: the Word of God is a lamp for her feet and a light for her path.

The seeds of the stories in Scripture may not make complete sense to her now, but one day, they will take root, be watered, and bear fruit. What is planted today will bring forth life tomorrow. For now, we as parents are simply commanded to raise our children in the Lord and teach them His Word.

His Holy Spirit will connect these stories to my daughter’s heart.

Some wonderful resources we have found (and my daughter enjoys) are

  • First Steps in Missions—This resource, created by WMU, introduces preschoolers to missions.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible—Created by ZonderKidz, this book presents a way to connect all the stories in the Bible to the story of Christ.
  • Storytelling 1-2-3—This resource by WMU helps preschoolers make storytelling a fun experience.

​Bekah Rivers* is a momma to a darling little girl (and a sweet pup), wife to a pastor, and advocate for all believers to be on mission.

*Name changed.

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