Monday, August 31, 2020

Parents, Grandparents, & Our Primary Job Description

It has almost been six months since the start of covid quarantine and social distancing. While there are churches which have re-started church services, most churches have not re-started their ministry for children and youth. Six months without the opportunity for the children in our church to connect with other adults who teach them what we are and with friends who love Jesus. Six months without learning more from the Bible and being encouraged to have a confident faith. 

Now, I absolutely believe it is not the job of the church to be the primary source where the children have a confident faith handed to them, but for many of them, if we are honest, it is the only source - or at least the primary source. If ever there has been a time for us to step up and equip parents and grandparents to take on their God-given role as the primary people who hand faith to the children they love, now is the time.

But, while it is not the job of the church to be the primary source for handing confident faith to children, the church does have a role - a job - to fulfill in helping us do this. Your church and my church not only need to, but must take an active role in providing resources for parents and grandparents to use in handing down confident faith. We must encourage parents and grandparents to take an active role as the primary people who hand down confident faith - as we hopefully move to a time when covid is no longer limiting our lives - and beyond.

Yes, these are things we need to do, but most do not know the parents and grandparents in their church need them to do these things. We must speak up and do this for the families - to equip them to be the primary people who hand down a confident faith.

Now, it is entirely possible you may not know how to do this, but an easy way to start is by using the "Life on the 'Goldilocks Planet'" series with the families in your church. If you as your church leader emails me - - I will email you the digital copy of book one or two. Then,  look it over and if you would like to use it with the families in your church (give each family a digital copy and have families work through the book together as a church learning about one animal a week, doing the activities, having important conversations about how these animals show us God is real and help the children we love have a confident faith), then you will need to let me know how many families you will use it with and I will bill you $1 per family for your digital license to use the book.  

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