Lessons for life: teaching kids about money

This post is an excerpt from an article by Becky D’Angelo-Veitch in the Presbyterians Today magazine April 2015 Issue – MONEY AND FAITH.

Connecting money and ministry

Zeta Lamberson, president of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators,  suggests talking to children at every step about the practical uses of stewardship dollars. By the age of 10, she says, children should be able to name things that their money supports at church. She also notes that stewardship education for this age group should emphasize not only giving but also involvement in mission and service. Zeta  created a faith-formation curriculum titled Stepping Stones on the Journey of Faith that lays out milestones for different age groups (for more information about this resource, email Lamberson at  billzeta@bellsouth.net).

Christian educator, Kathryn McGregor, recalls a particularly meaningful project at the congregation she serves, Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Last spring, second to fifth graders embarked on the Clean Water for All God’s Children project to help raise funds for Living Waters for the World, a ministry of the Synod of Living Waters. Children solicited pledges for their participation in a “Walk for Water” to benefit the ministry, which teaches people how to build and operate systems that provide clean water for communities in developing countries. “It ended up being an opportunity for the children to lead the adults,” McGregor says. “We walked half a mile, then picked up gallon jugs of water and carried them back to our starting point. We had great conversation on the way back about what it would be like to be barefooted, carrying an open jug that might splash out, and having to watch out for dangers along the way. It was a great real-life lesson for our children about something we all take for granted.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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