What Is Spirituality
“…you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children”
Why is spirituality important?
Spirituality is not an add-on extra. It is there already. It is part of being human. Spirituality is a big piece in the jigsaw of life; it helps the picture make sense.
As adults the most important thing we can do is listen to children and value what they tell us. Nurturing a child’s spiritual development means giving them:
- Time to think about themselves, other people and the world.
- Space to enjoy new experiences
- Security so that they feel able to question and explore, and to express their wonder, awe and curiosity.
- Affirmation that their thoughts about God, life and the universe are interesting and important.
More than religious education
Religion and spirituality are related, but they are not the same thing. Children’s spirituality is not limited to talking about God, using special language or going to church. Simple things, like the sight of snow, being cuddled or gazing up at the stars in the night sky, can all be spiritual events.
Everyday experiences and concerns about other people and the planet can lead naturally to the wonder and questioning that are doors to spirituality.
Christian journeying with children
Why is it important to introduce your child(ren) to a specific religion? isn’t it enough to teach them to be caring and sensitive to others and to the natural world? One of the greatest needs of children is for relationship. Remember that spirituality is our encounter and relationship with God. By introducing your child to Christianity you help them to draw close to God, who is love.
Children, even very young children, are capable of enjoying the presence of God and of giving themselves to God’s love in a very deep way. Their relationship with God will be unique. Within Christianity it will be an experience of love without limits.
Mothers’ Union’s Children in Church series includes a leaflet on Children & Spirituality which includes 14 practical ideas of ways to engage your child with their spirituality. Order a copy from us..