On Teaching Chapel to Kids

Steve Macias

After day two of leading chapel, I feel that preaching to little people is very different than preaching to adults.

First, kids don’t lie to you while you preach. It is pretty easy to tell when you’ve lost them. And they are not impressed by any sort of theological language.

A helpful reminder for me that “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

It was mid-sentence during my chapel lesson on the Apostles Creed that I realized I had no idea how to explain the “virgin” part of Virgin Mary to 6-year-olds.

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Steve Macias
Father Steve Macias is an Anglican priest in California's Silicon Valley. He is the Headmaster of Canterbury Christian School, Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, and Archdeacon of the West Coast for the Anglican Churches of America. He is married to Sarah and the father to Athanasius, Anselm, Assumpta, Basil and Zoe. His professional work consulting with political campaigns, leading nonprofit organizations, and in the California State Capitol has been recognized by The Los Angeles Times, National Review Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Chalcedon Foundation, and numerous online and print publications. You can reach him on twitter @stevemacias.