Sitting in Church with Kids: Faith is Like Bubble Wrap

I have a little boy who climbs the fridge shelves. He rides his bike over landscape rocks and down the front steps. He scales every mountain boulder he sees, asking half way up if this particular one has rattlesnakes. If there is a rickety vintage metal slide around, you will find him leaning out from the top. He is also my child with a history of seizures, so I worry a bit. I realize he needs some independence - but some days, I don’t know if this mama’s heart can take just letting him go go go. climbing boulders

I think about purchasing any safety gear I can lay my hands on. I even have a trick for getting him to wear a helmet when he summits Mt. Playground. We ride our bikes to the park, and he dashes to the top so fast, he forgets to leave the helmet behind. If it was safe and practical, I’d just wrap him up in bubble wrap to keep him from breaking.

Faith is like bubble wrap. Even better, faith is a shield. Mamas, we keep bringing our kids to church so they are equipped to take on a world we wish we could protect them from. We can’t single-handedly shield them from all pain, but we can take them to the one who is their strength in all trouble. The Lord outfits our children with helmets, shields, breastplates, strength, and readiness. Let's keep our little ones in God's Word. Let's keep bringing our kids to Jesus, and let them be outfitted with the armor of God. At the end of this earth's journey, they will enjoy Jesus' gift of freedom and life without fear - in heaven.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…. so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17

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Thanks for joining us for our Sitting in Church with Kids series and for sharing your thoughts and stories.

For further reading about kids in church, take a look at our other posts in this series –

Sitting in Church with Kids: When We Feel All Eyes Are On Us

Sitting in Church with Kids: 5 Ways to Help the Single Parent

Sitting in Church with Kids: 10 Church Bag Ideas

Sitting in Church with Kids: When There Is No Nursery

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Sitting in Church With Kids: 10 Church Bag Ideas

I carry big bags around with me wherever I go.  Big beach totes, hobo bags, over the shoulder bags.  Even if my kids aren't with me, I'll search around for fun goodies to tote along.  Church is a great place to bring a cute bag. I should be honest about this church bag thing, though.  My kids are really edging out of the season where they “need” me bringing one.  BUT, I really love carrying around a cute tote containing a few of my favorite things.  So, as long as I can get away with it, I’ll continue to prep my stuff each Saturday night.  I’ll keep on pinning quiet activities here, and take on whatever challenges pop up during the service.  My bag and I are ready!

10 Church Bag Ideas

As of late, these are ten of my favorite church bag things:

  1. The Bag Itself - Like I said, I have a bit of a collection of mom bags.  For church, I tend to select the pretty purple professional tote with a laptop compartment.  I use the dividers for books and spots for pencils, leaving the zipped compartments for my own personal effects.  The structure helps keep the water bottle upright.  Yes, I have over-thought this.
  2. My Bible - Something for me!  I like to have my own Bible for notes during Bible study.  It’s my friend, and using another Bible just isn't quite the same.
  3. Water bottle - The air is dry here in Colorado, so having water on hand minimizes our trips out for drinks.  I do ration, otherwise my little ones are frequently out to the restroom.
  4. Pencils - My oldest is 8 and rarely needs any items from my bag, but if we do have a wiggly day, he underlines words he likes in the bulletin or sketches little drawings of the sanctuary.
  5. Cute Little Pouch from Thai Village - holds my cute tissue packs, hand sanitizer, and lip balm from Diddles Dairy.  I’m ready to handle kid goobers.
  6. Tiny Plush Animals - These work great for a little comfort item if needed.
  7. Crayons - I use the same old same old crayon style, some ladies love the twistable crayons for durability.
  8. Mini Activity Books - These fit great in the bag, and are a little more discreet compared to large coloring books.  If discretion is at all needed with coloring books, I don’t know.
  9. Handmade Felt/Button Snake - Several examples can be found on Pinterest.  My kids are a little big for this now, but it was one of my favorites around ages 2 or 3.
  10. Lift the Flap Bible Books - All the little windows and flaps keep little hands quite busy, also good around ages 2 or 3 or so.  When using these, I get tons of questions from the kids about the Bible stories.  It seems these books bring out their Sunday School knowledge.

What are your goals and thoughts about activities for little ones in church?  Please share your favorite church bag ideas!  We'd love to see your church bag photos on Facebook or Instagram.  Use #whatsinmychurchbag

For further reading about kids in church, take a look at our other posts in this series -

Sitting in Church with Kids: When We Feel All Eyes Are On Us

Sitting in Church with Kids: 5 Ways to Help the Single Parent