Introducing Woven Together...
To support congregations in their partnership with parents and families, Grow Ministries has created a resource that will help parents to nurture the faith of their children. We have called it Woven Together with the aim that it will encourage families to make faith conversations and practices part of their everyday life.
“Faith practices are learned and practiced as they are woven seamlessly into the fabric of daily life.” John Roberto, Faith formation with a new generation.
Woven Together draws us into God’s big narrative by beginning at Genesis and continuing all the way to Revelation in one year.
We encounter a God who comes close to us, as he came close to the ordinary people in the Bible. We discover together that we are a lot like the people God has always loved and worked through.
We see how the weaving of God’s story of love and redemption is woven through the lives of the people in the Bible, and we listen to the ways his story is also woven though our lives, in our families.
Woven Together is designed to be simple.
A simple story to read. A prayer to say. A blessing to give. A rhythm to develop within the lives of those you love.
Once a week we encourage you to set aside a time for your family to join in the greatest story of all time, to listen to God’s story, his people and his plan and how we are part of that story and plan too.
Once a week, you will need a Bible and your family and some time to rest in his word and his love for you.
The front page for each month outlines three things that help us to hear God’s story:
When we tend a garden, we are creating the best environment for plants to grow well. When we tend our precious family time together, we also create a place of warmth and openness for the Holy Spirit to work in us.
This is where we draw near to God in reading, hearing and listening to him through his word.
The back page helps us see how God’s story is woven into our story, into our family and how our family lives out God’s story in our world.
One of the greatest ways we can grow as a family is to learn together. Planting God’s words deep into each of our hearts will help in the flourishing of our faith.
A simple prayer or prayer practice is provided each month. We encourage you to be creative with your prayer times together.
A time to see the needs of others and give to others the love we have received from God. Practical and simple ideas to begin the ritual of serving those around you.
God the creator created us to create too! These ideas are simply available for you to enjoy each other’s company as you participate in a shared experience.
Use these words to encourage and affirm each other as God’s precious children. You may want to place a hand on a shoulder, give a hug or make the sign of the cross during this time too.
You will notice that the people from the stories are presented to you in a timeline order. Putting these all together can help you see God’s big story from beginning to end, and then how we also become part of this story. You might like to create a long timeline and add these people to it as you journey through the Bible.