4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie… Read more
Studies continue to confirm that parents are the key people who influence whether or not our children will have faith. This means that one of the best places for young people to ‘catch’ faith is in the home. Grandparents can also play a vital role in a child’s faith formation. Recent research highlights the enormous impact of grandparents on this particular generation of young people. Grandparents have a great opportunity to share their faith with their grandchildren. Here are five roles that grandparents can play in enhancing their grandchildren’s faith formation.
GROWING FAITH AT HOME 2017/18 is here! 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!
You’ve heard the saying, “Families that pray together, stay together.” And I agree, but I think there’s a similar common bond to those individuals who serve together. We form a family-like bond that keeps us together through the ups and downs of life.
It is important that the wider faith community (congregations) acknowledges and participates in the journey of camp. This involvement can assist young people to ensure that the experience is not ‘lost’ but becomes an important and vital step in the formation of their faith.
In many LCA districts around the nation mid-year Christian Life Weeks have begun or are about to , involving many campers, leaders and volunteers. As we’ve travelled around Australia to different congregations and certainly in our own experiences mentoring the young people in our congregations, often there is a “what happens after camp?” question.
Research shows that parents continue to be the single greatest influence on their children’s faith. It is important you take an active part in the faith formation of your child. Give them an opportunity to experience all that camp has to offer and share in the journey by talking to them about the experience before and after camp.
Participating in a creative response is taking the time, after having heard the word of God, to use your unique gifts and talents to process what you have heard. It is a time to reflect and co-create with the help of the Holy Spirit. It is a wonderful opportunity to make meaning of what was shared.
How quickly does your week fill up? The term starts and once again it’s full swing back into school activities, after school activities, church activities and sport. We spend many hours in the car going from place to place, participating in wholesome, important and growing opportunities, but I wonder how often you get time to pause?