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(Photo illustration by Linda Jeanne Rivers) (Photo illustration by Linda Jeanne Rivers)

Children’s page helps people of all ages delve into God’s word

The leaves are falling from our apple trees, and I’ve spotted goldenrod in our woods. That means it’s time to prepare for the 2018-19 school year!

As part of those preparations, I take an inventory of used books I’ve purchased over the past few years for future use with my sons, Joey (13) and John (12).

As I rifled through bags and boxes recently, I not only came across books they can now use but also titles they enjoyed in the past. One was a beautifully illustrated collection of children’s Bible stories that was a favorite when they were little.

My boys don’t need me to read such stories to them anymore, which normally would make me a bit wistful. Instead, I’m thankful that I still get to share Bible stories with children as part of my job!

Twice a month I retell Bible stories in a kid-friendly fashion for “Kids’ Chronicle,” the Catholic Courier’s children’s page. In addition to a Bible story, each issue features a puzzle; a saint’s story; interesting tidbits related to the Bible story; an essay contest or a trivia question; and a colorful illustration by Graphic Artist Linda Rivers. There’s also plenty of Scripture references so kids can delve deeper into God’s word.

Even though it’s billed for children, I think “Kids’ Chronicle” is beneficial for people of all ages. I certainly get a lot out of writing it due to the research I complete before I set to work. And I still use the essay questions with my kids for writing practice, which I encourage religion and faith-formation teachers to consider.

So be sure to check out “Kids’ Chronicle” in the Courier’s September edition and look for past installments on our website.

And kids, I look forward to receiving your essay responses!

Tags: Faith Formation
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