“Faith is learned as it is woven seamlessly into the fabric of daily life,” says Traci Smith in Faithful Families (p. 1).
As ministry leaders, we’re called to help our congregation encourage and equip families as they nurture faith at home. Each resource in this section has been chosen for its ability to be seamlessly woven into the life of a family, as opposed to being yet another thing for busy families to add to their “to do” lists. (We call that our Family Do-Ability Test.)
Some ideas for equipping families with these tools:
Link to them from your church website.
Post a “Tool of the Week” in your bulletin or online.
Purchase the items for your church library.
Set up a Family Faith Formation display and lend families the tools they’d like to use.
Purchase items in bulk and make them available for families to purchase at a discount or by donation.
In The Van Trip Home Carolyn Brown says the post-worship ride home “can be ‘the cherry on the sundae’ or can undo every good thing that happened during worship.” Help parents make the most of that time with her three tips.
God’s Big Story cards provide a fun family devotional time with children ages 5-12. Two ideas for getting them into the hands of families: order a bunch and invite families to purchase them, or buy one for every family in your church and introduce them by using the ideas in this free Family Event. Tip: Print and share with families this jumbo version of card #82 at Christmas; then bless them with a set of cards to kick off the new year.
Many parents feel unsure about how to pray with their children. Support them with the practical ideas and encouraging words in the post Praying with Kids.
Equip your families by pointing them toward these outstanding resources via your church newsletter, bulletin, website, social media pages, sharing the link to this toolkit, or whatever works best in your context.