Monday, March 14, 2016

Free Family Event - Trusting God Journey!

Sometimes in our Children's Ministries, we become too focused on children. Yes, I just said, sometimes in our Children's Ministries, we become too focused on children. Why did I say this? Because while focusing on children is important, our impact - our genuine impact on children is limited. We will be significantly more effective if we are also focusing on the family - all of it including the grandparents.

Yes, we need to focus on Sunday and Wednesday ministries, but if most children only attend these twice a month (as research by AWANA showed), then clearly if these are the only or primary areas we focus on, our genuine impact is significantly smaller than we may realize.

We need to focus on the entire family - as I said, including grandparents. 

One reason we do not offer family ministry opportunities, is because we do not stop and think to plan ahead. We are so busy with the day-to-day ins and outs of our ministry, we don't take the time to plan ahead for a special event. So, today I'm delighted to give you a back-to-school family event . . . My Bible Journey - Trusting God Journey which you can being to plan for now, so you are all ready to offer it the end of August or beginning of September! (Just click on the link - My Bible Journey - Trusting God Journey which is above in blue.)

Often when children return to school, some of them feel apprehensive and even afraid - what will their new classes be like? What will their new teachers be like? Will they have friends? There are so many questions . . . potentially so many things to be concerned about. Parents also have many concerns . . . will they make the right decisions when it comes to raising their children? Will they be able to keep their jobs? If they do not have a job, will they be able to find a job? Will they be able to make their house payment? What will they do if gas gets more expensive again? Grandparents wonder if they are passing on their faith and if they are truly connecting with their grandchildren? They wonder how to do this more effectively. So many potential things to be concerned about.

I'd like to invite you to download a free copy of My Bible Journey - Trusting God Journey and plan to involve the people in your church in presenting this family event for the families in your church and community the end of August or beginning of September. Fall is a busy time of year for church and for families as everyone is preparing for the start of the new school year and ministry year. Trusting God Journey is an ideal opportunity for churches to involve families in ministering to one another as they learn together about how they can always trust God; even if things are frightening and busy with the start of a new school year!

Trusting God Journey is a maze event with four stations families “journey” through to discover what trusting God is all about. They will learn why David was running from King Saul at the first station/stop in their maze! The second station/stop will allow your families to think about the reasons David was afraid of King Saul and allow them to also think of things they may be afraid of. Their third station/stop will challenge them to think about the choice David made to trust God and wait for God’s timing and plan. In the party room families will celebrate how they can trust God and give to others as they present the school supplies they brought for children in need. Each station involves families in learning, activity and discussion, so this isn’t just another “event”, but rather an opportunity for everyone to learn about Trusting God and how doing so changes our everyday lives!

As you plan your Trusting God Journey, consider the following options –
  • Present your journey as a special event for your mid-week club ministry.
  • Present your journey as a special event on a Friday evening or Saturday before School begins or just after the start of school.
  • Present your journey as a special event on a Sunday morning or evening.
Decide how and where you would like to involve the families in your church and community in a Trusting God Journey and then decide how you would like to present this event. It is an ideal opportunity for you to involve families – some could sign up to help build and set up your mazes while others may want to help with decorating each station. Some families could sign up to prepare the activities everyone completes as they journey through the stations. Other families could sign up to help with brief mini-dramas or to lead some of the music. There are many opportunities for families to help in the preparation and presentation of this event; decide how much help you want from the families and let them know how they may be involved and where to sign up!

Trusting God Journey is a unique opportunity you are able to tailor to “fit” your unique church and ministry! If you have a small church and a limited number of staff and volunteers you can still present a Bible Journey’s event by involving your church families in serving together in simple activities which when put together provide a ministry to other families in your church and community! This plan will work for churches of any size as not only can families give to others by bringing school supplies for needy kids, but they can have a part in preparing and presenting this ministry event as well! Trusting God Journey is also an event your children’s ministry leaders, an adult Sunday School group or youth group could prepare and present to families if this would be a more effective way for your church to minister to the families in your church and community.

You will find time-lines for planning, complete instructions and dramas for each station - In addition there is a community service project for this Bible Journey . . . a school supplies drive. On your promotional flyers and invitations be sure to encourage each family to bring new school supplies for children in your community. You could team up with your school district or contact a local homeless shelter and see if you might be able to help with school supplies for families in need. Plan a My Bible Journey - Trusting God Journey for your church this Fall!

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