Each month parents of infants, toddlers and two-year olds receive Splash!*-- a parenting newsletter with an abundance of resources to help parents with the faith formation of their children. The areas covered in each month's newsletter are topics like prayer, worship, and mealtime. Each issue helps families use everyday events — reading, playing, eating — to introduce the stories of the faith, the comforting and parental love of God, and the friendship of Jesus. None of the activities require elaborate preparation or materials. And there's lightness and humor too — the cartoons are very clever.
The monthly newsletter is specific to the age of the child. Parents receive their first newsletter when their child is one month old and they continue to receive it monthly until their little one reaches 36 months. And each year that parents receive the newsletter, they also receive a music CD with selections appropriate to the age of their child. Babies will be lulled to sleep listening to “Sleepy Time Tunes,” the music CD for 1-12 month olds. Families get moving to bible story songs on “Totally Toddler Tunes,” for 13-24 month olds, and 25-36 month olds can tune into the music they hear on the “Singable Sunday Tunes” CD.
What a wonderful way for our congregation to support parents in the spiritual development of their very young children and what a great way for us to also fulfill the baptismal vows we make when each newborn child in our church is baptized! We hope parents enjoy this resource as they watch their child grow and change during these important years.
*Splash! is made available to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations through a partnership arrangement with Augsburg Fortress Publishers, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America(ELCA).