Family Ministries Erica Benjamin Director of Childrens Ministries Severna Park UMC [email protected] Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand,
fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Discussion at Table When historians look back at the 21st century, what do you think they will say about families in America? What would they say about children? If there were a historical case study on your family, what would they say are your priorities based on archeological remains (writings, all your stuff, the layout of your house, the use of your time)? Think about those who live in your home now and your extended family. What are the obligations of a parent? What are the obligations of a Christian parent?
What are your hopes and dreams for your children? How can you be intentional about spiritual parenting? (Edit this for groups at your church: parents, grandparents, committees.) Children in Scripture and History Old Testament Jewish Tradition Children are Gods blessing Part of Gods purpose- be fruitful and multiply Faith passed down through generations- Abraham Key in building a great nation Sign of Gods covenantcircumcision
Teaching & discipline important Greco Roman Times Loved and valued Important for economic, culture, military survival
Entertainment Immature- could not reason Potential is in future Fathers are in charge Exposure- esp. females Slaves and prostitues Children in Scripture and History Scripture Deuteronomy 6:4-7 The Shema Mark 10:3-6, Matthew 19:1315, Luke 18:15-17 Becoming Like a Child
Mark 9:33-37, Matthew 18:12, 4-7, Luke 9:46-48 The Greatest Colossians 3:20-21, Ephesians 6:1-4 Obedience & Obligation History John Wesley Chrysostom Reformers: Schleiermacher, Bushnell Calvin Troublesome Texts Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Mark 10:28-31
Matthew 10:34-39 Faith Practices Faith Talks- planned discussions about scripture God Sightings- unplanned, observations, making connections to scripture Get a good Bible(s) Prayers Pray for your child Pray with your child Lead prayer Let your child lead prayer
Encourage your child to pray for you! Morning prayer & evening prayer Meal time prayer Silent prayer Coloring prayers The Lords Prayer Faith Routines Preschool Routine Bath Time Story Time Prayer Time Elementary
Routine 3or 4 Times a Week Prayer Talk Together Faith Practices and Routines Sabbath as a family Play as a family Be child-like (Mark 10:13-16), be nonproductive, create Encounter God Blessings Our kids grow up in a world of criticism. How great would it be for us to bless them every day? I will just be a little transparent. Sometimes I wonder if I am 70% criticism as a
parent and only 30% blessing. Here is what I mean. It is really easy to criticize. You left your shoes out. Your voice is too loud. Stop hitting your sister. Dont use my toothbrushyou get the idea. What if I blessed at least as much or more than I criticize? Would my kids grow up to be much different kids? Lets make a pact, you and me. Lets bless our kids. Here is one way you could be really intentional about it. Tuck your kids in bed whether they are 2 or 17. Pray with them at the end of the day before they sleep and then take a bold step. Bless them. Put your hands on their head or their back or hold their hands and bless them. Use Scripture as the model for blessing. Haynes May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen! -Numbers 6:24-26. Milestones
Opportunities to Connect or Reconnect with Families and Guide them in their Faith Baptism 1st connection Copy of booklet Faith box, remembering your baptism, celebrate 3rd Grade Bibles Reading Scripture Together Liturgy & Worship Confirmation Mentors Liturgy & Worship Letters to children about your hopes as they grow in faith Spencer Chase
Bierdeman As you love Gods Word, may you have great peace and never stumble. Psalm 119:65 Special Events Movie Nights Fall Festival Advent- Carols, Cookies, Crafts Lent- Egg Hunts Table Talks Intergenerational Class Support Groups
Groups Moms Groups Grand parenting Groups Young Family Single Parents Grieving Families Curriculum Ideas Convergence Momastory Moms Connect MOPS Resources
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia Seamless Faith by Traci Smith A Family Journey with Jesus through Lent by Angela Burrin Grand Days by Group Publishing Lord, Bless My Child by William & Nancie Carmichael Family Faith Celebration: Milestone Kits: Baby Blessing, Faith Commitment, First Bible by Group Publishing The Child in Christian Thought edited by Marcia J. Bunge
Resources The Bible Uncensored, Childrens Ministry Magazine, April 2012, http://childrensministry.com/articles/the-bible-uncensored/ Beyond Noahs Ark by Susan Garrett http:// www.baylor.edu/ifl/christianreflection/childrenarticlegarrett.pdf Practicing Our Faith at Home by Susan Briehl http:// practicingourfaith.org/pdf/Practicing%20Our%20Faith%20at%20H ome.pdf 31 Ways to Pray for Children by Bob Hosteltler https:// finneyschool.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=gsN6bSF_Elc%3D&tabi d=289&mid=916 Practicing Examen with Children by Kimbrelee Conway Ireton http:// www.kimberleeconwayireton.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/Pra cticing-the-Examen-with-Children.pdf Bless your Kids Everyday by Brian Haynes, November 14, 2008
https://brianhaynes.org/2008/11/14/bless-your-kids-every-day/ Development Through the Lifespan http://
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