Faith Trail Ministry is a way to celebrate with families in your congregation the promises made in baptism, and it equips families with resources for sharing their faith stories.
Faith Trail markers are celebrated with an event for children and parents to attend together and are recognised in worship through prayer, blessing and gifting.
Each Faith Trail marker resource is based around the following outline:
1Naming and Marking the spiritual markers in the lives of children in your congregation helps to create rituals and traditions that shape them and give them a sense of belonging to the family of God.
2Equipping provides an opportunity for learning related to the trail marker, builds community, invites conversation and brings generations together. It equips families with take-home resources to use in their everyday lives.
3Blessing the child and marking the occasion in worship communicates that faith and life are woven together. God is present in all of daily life, making the ordinary sacred and the sacred ordinary.
4Gifting is a tangible way of providing a symbol and a reminder of the occasion being marked. Gifting serves as a resource for the ongoing nurture of faith in daily life.
The Faith Trail Markers
Parents and infants come together for support and encouragement around the time of their child’s baptism and are gifted with practical tools as they embark on their journey of Christian parenting.
Parents and congregational sponsors come together to celebrate their child’s first baptism anniversary. Parents are introduced to ideas and resources to assist them in nurturing faith in the home.
Parents are encouraged to take the lead in teaching their children how to pray. 'Pray and play' stations are set up for the session to teach the children that talking to God is easy.
Families taking their first steps into children’s ministry have a fun and memorable experience with their child. They learn how important they are to our church community and explore the church and its many functions through a treasure hunt.
We discuss the important role worship plays in family life and how to equip families to worship at home and in church. This trail marker discusses ways to help children and parents feel comfortable participating in worship together.
This trail marker provides the opportunity to share with others the excitement and fears around beginning school, with practical ideas for supporting each other. The importance of developing a regular sharing of highs, lows and prayer into daily routine is also included in this session.
Parents are encouraged to take the lead in teaching their children the Lord's Prayer. Parents and children learn together through discussion and activities.
Parents and children find their way around the Bible and learn some Bible history from the pastor. This trail marker also offers ideas about how families can read their Bible in a way that is interesting and fun.
Parents are encouraged to take the lead in teaching their children the Ten Commandments. The commandments are explained by the pastor and then reinforced through group activities and discussions.
First communion is a major step in a young person's faith journey and gives parents an opportunity to engage with them in their spiritual growth.
This trail marker aims to inspire and engage children and their families in being the hands and feet of Christ in the world. A guest speaker shares their story of serving and the children participate in activities that identify how they can serve others.
The aim of this trail marker is to help children and families learn more about what we believe when we confess the Apostles Creed. It provides an opportunity for parents and children to talk about what they believe.
Each child celebrates that they are made in the image of God. This is a time of transition and new freedoms as they move into high school.