GROWING FAITH AT HOME 2017/18 is here!
What is GROWING FAITH AT HOME?
Are you looking for a way to link Sunday worship with household faith formation Monday to Saturday? Do you want to provide resources to help parents and grandparents pass on the Christian faith in their homes?
GROWING FAITH AT HOME is a weekly Lectionary-based resource to help your households live, share and celebrate faith together each and every week!
A suite of resources connecting weekly congregational worship with the faith life of the home.
Many congregations use GROWING FAITH AT HOME as a “home handout” that can be taken home from Sunday worship.
While it is always a good thing to place Christian resources in the hands of individuals and households, the real questions are:
“Is it being used at home?”
“Do individuals and households have the basic skills and habits needed to use it?”
“Is it making a difference in the lives of people?
Experience suggests that GROWING FAITH AT HOME will serve your congregation best when it is reinforced and supported through your wider congregational activities – through worship, preaching, teaching and your children and youth ministry activities.
Give your congregation a good introduction
Take some time planning to introduce GROWING FAITH AT HOME to your congregation. It will make the most impact if individuals and households understand its value and how they can use it in their daily lives right from the very start.
- Introduce GROWING FAITH AT HOME to the leaders of your congregation. Encourage them to start using it in their own home lives to set an example for the rest of your faith
- Choose a particular Sunday to launch GROWING FAITH AT HOME in your congregation. Have the pastor pull it out and announce its presence, explain why your congregation is beginning to use it, and describe what you’d like your congregational family to do with it during the week.
- In subsequent Sundays, give a brief focus in worship to one aspect of GROWING FAITH AT HOME e.g. Faith5, Daily Bible Readings, Blessing to Give, Creative Response. Talk about how to use this part of the resources. Model it if you can and, if possible, ask them to practice it there and then with one another (e.g. to bless one another).
- Gather stories and feedback on how people are using GROWING FAITH AT HOME. Share these in sermons, announcements and printed material over the first few months.
There’s more great tips and hints for using GROWING FAITH AT HOME in the Congregational User’s Guide.
Equip households to use GROWING FAITH AT HOME well.
Simply handing out the materials is unlikely to bear much fruit unless they are helped to:
- understand why they should use it;
- gains skills in using it;
- make it part of their weekly home routines.
Is GROWING FAITH AT HOME just for families with children or youth?
While the primary target of GROWING FAITH AT HOME is households with children or youth, it is flexible enough to be used by a variety of people in different ways. Adults of all ages can use the devotional resources in their personal or quiet times. Small groups, ministry teams and committees can also benefit from using the Talk questions for spiritual reflection and focus.