When a child receives a Bible, it is a special time. There are some churches who give a child a Bible at certain times in their lives. When they move up to a certain grade, when they get baptized, etc. In the last several years, I have had the privilege of providing copies of the Action Bible to many children connected to my ministry, and sometimes friends of people who have received the Bibles.
Several years ago, I made a conscious decision not to give children a Bible. What I do is to talk with the parent/guardian about the child’s desire/need for a Bible. If I have the Bible that the child is seeking, then I will give the Bible to the parent to give to the child. I have even let parents borrow copies of children’s Bibles that I have so they can review it on their own to see if it meets their child’s need and what they would like for their child. In cases where the parents can afford it, they may pay for it, or buy it themselves. In some cases where the parent can use assistance, I provide it to them for free or whatever they may want to give.
As many in children’s ministry seek to find ways to encourage the parents to embrace the role as the primary spiritual influence, what better way than to give the parent a Bible, or guide them to a Bible, that will engage their children.
I want to encourage the parents to emphasize the importance of reading the Bible to their children and that is why I won’t give a child a Bible.