Biblical literacy is a rising issue in both Australia and the western world. It would seem that parents are not reading the Bible with their children, and in turn, children do not know how to read the Bible and understand it, or use it as a vehicle for hearing God speak to them in their everyday 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.
The goal of nurturing Christian faith across the generations and equipping people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ has guided Christian Churches for 2000 years. In the twenty-first century, faith formation involves intentionally planning a journey of lifelong discipleship. It is a process of experiencing, learning and practising the Christian faith as we seek to follow Jesus in today’s world.
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?
Something special, something unique, takes place between parent/caregivers and their children. Something precious and valuable. Something desirable. At the very heart of family, we yearn to be with each other, despite all our failings and differences, spending quality time together to create shared experiences can help to foster relationships and connect each other.
A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That’s how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another. Romans 12:4-5 When different generations come together in service, relationships begin… Read more
Encouraging our children in their faith What kind of adults do we want our children to become? How do we help shape our children’s values and beliefs? How do we help them be a positive influence in their community? Research shows that parents continue to be the greatest influence on their children’s faith. As parents… Read more