I know I said I wouldnt be back
lol - last post!
"Now, my question is - do you think children need to go to church to believe in God?"
No - it helps but not neccesary - many Christian/Catholic people have been in situations where they cant go to church - isolated, missionaries, or other reasons. It doesnt change what you can know and that you can know God and Jesus.
Sure you could get benefits from church but Im sure there are people taking their kids to church and thats it no teaching at home where as if you taught your kids at home they may know more!!!..
"or will reading to them, praying with them and educating them at home be enough?"
It could be yes. Of course church would help but not neccesary to know Jesus and God.
"And how do I do this?"
Talk with them about nature - what they can see - say God made this - explain who God is in their terms that they understand. Explain God made them and loves them. Read them books from http://www.koorong.com.au
Books that talk about who God is (later Jesus when they have learnt who God is so as to not confuse them), about how God made the world. Theres some good picture books on creation, about who God is and books on how He loves us. When they are older 4/5 read them the book You are Special by Max Lucado - every kid should have this book! And just generally praying with them each day - before bed - make it a routine? Praying and then reading a book before bed time. Just make conversations about God part of every day discussions. Teach them about the bible and when they are older 3/4/5 get a childs one - there are some good basic ones out there and read them stories from it each day - I use to love bible stories as a kid and its such a great memory. This would be a good one for the younger ones I think - I think some teachers use this one but the older version for older kids for the 4/5 year olds... very basic - this is the even younger version...
and the toddler one http://www.word.com.au/details.aspx?ProductID=517890
I dont know what this one is like but it looks good.http://www.word.com.au/details.aspx?ProductID=546280
Then you can get the more detailed but yet still very simple bible story ones for ages 4/5/6/7. Maybe this one? I think its the one/version many teachers use - not sure/or it may be to simple for this older age group - not sure - http://www.word.com.au/details.aspx?ProductID=533599
When your children are older I would just ring Koorong or Word and ask for their recomendation - they are usually pretty good
Kids knowing God loves them, made them and accepts them can give them such confidence and feeling of a place and purpose in life in the world and community.
Not so much Catholic Christian but Christian (you know what I mean yes Catholics are Christians just a way to explain!!!)... (but the same kinda anyway???) is Veggie Tales - when your kids get older get them into it - most kids love them! Humourous and talks about bible storys in a fun way!
You could call up a Childrens church minister later in a few years when you have taught children about God and Jesus and Angels etc etc and ask them for ideas and what kids love and are doing and for some good resources etc!!!
You could get some cool sing alongs - some classic children's Christian songs - ie Jesus loves me this I know, If I were a butterfly, Father Abraham etc - and play them in the car or at other times - there are cds with these and other songs on the web sites above.