In two landmark decisions in the early sixties, the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional. For over fifty years, Christian parents have engaged in a battle to get the Bible in school. The issue cycles through the news and we get riled up. Sadly, these events come and go with little change in policy.
See You at the Pole and Bring Your Bible to School Day provide opportunities for students to openly engage in spiritually enriching activities while at school. But what about the other 178 days? How can we encourage our kids with the Word of God at school?
Students have the right to talk about their religious beliefs, pray, read Scripture and invite other classmates to join them in these activities as long as the actions are voluntary, student-initiated, not disruptive or coercive, and take place during non-instructional time. (Fast Facts about Student Rights)
5 Ways to Send Scripture to School with Your Kids
Lunch Box Notes
Mothers tuck notes in lunch boxes regularly. Why not turn those “mom loves you” notes into “God loves you”? Write a verse of the day on a napkin or index card to go along with the PB&J. (Grab the cutest FREE printable lunch box notes from Happy Home Fairy.)
Students always have a book in progress. Help your children decorate a bookmark with a special verse. Every time they read their book, they can also read God’s Word. (Or grab a snazzy bookmark from Dayspring.)
Kids these days. They love the texting. Send an encouraging verse to greet them when they open their phone during break or lunch. You can also create scripture wallpaper using the Font Candy app for iPhone and Android.
Treats with Truth
What kid wouldn’t love a little treat tucked in their backpack? Put a scripture sticky note on a sweet treat. Both will make your child smile. (More FREE printables available at Mercy Ink!)
Decorating a locker is a back to school treat for my daughter. Spend some time jazzing up card stock with meaningful verses. Your student will be met with biblical truths between every class. (Visit artist Ruth Chou Simons of GraceLaced for beautiful scripture art. It will blow you away.)
Nothing takes the place of reading God’s Word with our children. Create the routine of reading together at night before bed or in the morning before school. As you read together, you will uncover key verses to share. Let God’s Word become a regular part of your family’s day.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deut. 6:7–9, NIV)
Get started with these Bible verses:
- “Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” (Josh. 1:9, MSG).
- “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word” (Ps. 119:9, NIV).
- “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12, NIV).
- “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7, NIV)
- “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going” (Ps. 139:5, MSG).