As a church we believe that faith at home is an essential ingredient in helping children and young people to grow up as followers of Jesus.  To this end we work to support churches in reaching out to families and helping to integrate what we learn in church with what happens at home.  For instance our Jigsaw Sunday School curriculum has take home sheets for children and parents to learn together.

Our Diocesan Development Officer, Andrew Brannigan, is experienced in delivering training in family faith and outreach and can support your parish through:

Family devotional Development

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up’.  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Many Christian families struggle to teach the Christian faith at home in the context of all the other demands on their time and energy.  The ‘Family Time’ devotional resource is intended to help families learn prayers, life lessons and faith at home with simple, easy-to-use and fun activities and talks.  It is intended as a gift resource for families and so parishes are provided with free copies that can be given away for free.

For more information on how to use the Family Time resource please visit the Family Faith website at this link.

 

Training for your parish for family ministry

The training up of parents, grandparents and volunteers to help support family faith is a key element to the churches role in encouraging faith at home.  Andrew is available to provide training evenings or speak at family services or events to encourage family faith in your parish.  Training will be catered to your context and can take place over one or several meetings. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07950 846621

 

Advice for and involvement in family events

Many of our churches across the diocese are making good contact with local families through the provision of local family events.  These have involved a range of activities from family fun days, free BBQ’s, community events, Christmas parties, family movie nights and so on.  If your parish would like some help and advice on how to organise an event, and how it might benefit your ministry then contact Andrew.  Other ideas and resources from the diocese are also available to help you in this. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07950 846621

 

Resources for making contact with local families

As well as organising events to help families get more involved with church life there are also other opportunities for your parish in making better contact with families in the local community.  Ideas, resources and advice are available to help your parish make better contact with families through websites, brochures and church signage. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07950 846621

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