CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

A SELECTION OF WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING:

RESOURCES, ARTICLES, VIDEOS AND OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS

FAITH AT HOME TIPS, IDEAS AND RESOURCES

We’ve all had to adjust to new ‘church at home’ formats, but what about the more permanent rhythms and habits of faith at home? 

Faith at home might include a mix of formal and informal elements: reading and studying the Bible together, alongside everyday faith conversations and modelling what a vibrant relationship with God looks like. 

Discipleship is about relationship, and it takes time spent together—something we’re doing a lot of right now! 

The D6 family fun app has devotionals, ideas for family fun nights, questions for family discussions, sermons, and more. It’s very good and may come in handy for times spent together in quarantine.  

Illustrated Ministry: Resources for family devotionals, you can sign up for free weekly resources.

Max7: Free videos, devotions and resources.

WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING: Birkenhead Community Church

“In a world where there is so much to offer parents, we’ve been conscious of not overloading parents,” says Emily Tyler.

"Instead we’ve tried to focus on things which build a sense of community and belonging, and encourage people to send in pictures of what each family is doing. At the end of every online service we finish with a slide show of pictures from our church community set to music, which is a real highlight.”

Ideas from Birkenhead Community Church:

Simple family devotion times: read the Bible, write in the family prayer journal and pray for people (including other people from church).

 Looking at Psalm 91 together, thinking about how God is our fortress, we encouraged people to build a fort and send us a pic.

Set up a ‘prayer wall’ at home with different post-it notes.

Decorate your home to show God’s love (chalk on the footpath, decorations in the window) and send a pic.

Posting simple conversation starters for family dinner on Facebook, for parents to see: ‘How might someone’s life look different when they love Jesus?’

‘Love the  Lord  your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength. The commandments I give you today must be in your hearts.  Make sure your children learn them. Talk about them when you are at home.' Deuteronomy 6:5-6

MINISTRY TIPS AND TOOLS FOR LEADERS

When church is cancelled, an article about ways to minister to children and their families when church stops meeting face-to-face.

Five Reasons to Make Your Online Services Suitable for All Ages is an article with helpful ideas and reminders WHY our online services should have an intergenerational focus. 

Great ideas, tools and resources from Annette Osborne at Scripture Union NZ

Free curriculum for Kids Church Online from GO!

'..as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.' Joshua 24:15

WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING: Tāmaki Community Church

“Children and Families Ministry is not primarily about programs, but about relationships.” Says Jenni Clarke.

“With the lockdown we’ve been seeking to support and encourage the foundational things which we’ve been nurturing for a while. As we hunker down in our bubbles and feed our families delicious food, remember to feed them spiritually too."

Ideas from Tāmaki Community Church:

Read a few verses and pray together as a family, just keep going with the basics!

Faith5 has been an idea which we’ve sent via text message—read a verse and then follow five prompts: Share highs and lows, Read the Bible, Talk about how the reading may relate to highs and lows, Pray for each other’s highs and lows, and Bless one another.

Encourage memory verses—all the normal rhythms and habits which help keep faith at the front and centre.

PARENTING

This amazing Facebook webinar by Rachel Turner from Parenting for Faith gives really practical ideas for talking to your kids; helping them process emotions, connect with God, and find purpose.

This webinar is also run by Parenting for Faith and is a great one for leaders about keeping families connected. 

The Parenting Place has a Family Lockdown Hub, full of helpful articles, tips, ideas and family coaches available to help you during this time.

WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING: Kingston Community Church

“Before lockdown, our crisis team decided that we’d focus ourselves on some key principles during this time.” Says Kerry Rickard. 

“These include prioritising involvement and contributions from our church family over content from around the world, encouraging deep relationships and discipleship, and giving people opportunities to serve.” KCC posts contributions on password-protected sections of their website, and have a wide variety of people from their church family submit contributions. 

Ideas from Kingston Community Church:

Consider using the Swedish Method as you read Scripture together as a family. Read the passage and ask: What stands out as something interesting? What questions come up for you as we read? What does the passage reveal about God? What does the passage ask us to do?  

If your family plays instruments, choose some songs on this week’s sermon theme and record them together to share with others.

Have a variety of people of different ages pray, read the Word, and contribute to online services via video.

Build scenes from Bible stories out of Lego or Duplo.

Write or read a poem in response and upload a video of you sharing it.

Share a devotion and upload a video.

Respond to the sermon or Bible reading with a piece of art.

CORONAVIRUS AND LOCKDOWN

Tips from Christians in Italy on how to make the most of lockdown as a family, featuring advice from a family with teens, a pre-teen and a pre-schooler. Practical, realistic and encouraging! 

How to talk to children about the coronavirus, an article from The Gospel Coalition.

 

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