Spiritual Parenting Workshop

If you are a parent, a grandparent or simply want to invest in the lives of children, we would be honoured if you would join us for a 6-session training course called “Spiritual Parenting”.  Taught on DVD by Michelle Anthony and facilitated by Diana Loach, we will learn how to help children develop their “hearing from God muscles” in their everyday life.

Staffed childcare is provided.  Please speak to Diana Loach or Sue Regier for more information.

 

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We know that a solid Biblical understanding is essential in building disciples of Jesus, and we have always tried to do just that.  But, we also know that knowledge alone is not enough.  

After a review of the very best curriculum choices available today, we have committed to being a part of the full development of our youngest disciples - through solid teaching, but also through resourcing their parents and families.  

Developed in partnership with Rock Harbor Church in CA, "Tru" is a transformational presentation of The Big God Story.  It encourages families and their children to develop their “hearing from God” muscles, not just to absorb the head knowledge of Bible lessons.  Together, we explore what it means to be included in the plans God has for us and His world.

We are committed to this tremendous opportunity in our community -  to come alongside families as they seek to invest in their children’s eternity.  We are excited that Tru Curriculum provides us with tested and proven resources to do just that. 

If you would like more information, please contact:

Sue Regier - sue.regier3@gmail.com

Diana Loach – joyfully.yours@outlook.com

 

 


 

 
 

 

 

Winter 2018

Each Sunday, we seek to have our children be a part of our Worship, while offering a focused time of teaching just for them.

On Sundays when we celebrate communion as a Church Family, the kids will go directly to their class. Then, just after the Message – they will join us in the worship space and are welcome to participate in the celebration. Those other Sundays, the kids will worship with us for the first couple of songs, and then go to their lessons.

We are in our second year of the Big God Story. Our children are learning together that God invites us into His story, and by understanding His presence through the Bible focus, we explore how that Presence is with us still.

As always, we have a trained, staffed nursery area for our youngest attendees. They are welcome to stay in the Service with you, but should you choose, you’ll find happy faces ready to spend time with your children, sharing in a Bible Story and having fun.

Each week, there are opportunities for you as a family to explore the focus of the coming Sunday together. You’ll find a Quick Take on the home page – it’s update each week, and contains an activity and discussion starter for your home time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sue Regier – sue.regier3@gmail.com

Diana Loach – joyfully.yours@outlook.com

 

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Our focus this coming week will be the following Scripture.  We encourage you to take some time this week to read it together, and discuss the follow up questions.  If you don’t have a Bible that you can all understand, please let us know and we’ll provide one for your family.

Click here to access past copies of Homefront Weekly to download.

Week of February 25

Connect as a family

Read Exodus 40 while sitting around the dining table. Have an empty chair placed at the table, and tell your children it’s there to remind them that God dwells, or lives, with us. Ask them what they might say to God if He was sitting right there with them. Then remind them that the Holy Spirit does live within us, and we can talk to Him every day! Share with them that just as God’s Spirit dwelled in the tabernacle, His Spirit can live inside of us.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • Why did God want His people to build a tabernacle?
  • How is God closer to us than He was to the Israelites?
  • How does God dwell with us today?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God Dwells with His People into your everyday life as a family.

BLESSING: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you know that God is with you, no matter where you go.

 

Week of February 18

Connect as a family

Surprise your children by preparing them a sweet treat—maybe cookies, ice cream, or another treat they don’t eat very often. When the treat is ready, call your children to the table. Spend some time talking with them about their day or just enjoying one another’s company. Read Exodus 24:12–18. Tell your children that similar to how you called them to the table and initiated your time together, God initiated relationship with His people—and continued to pursue them through Moses. Explain that God calls each one of us to relationship with Him through faith in His Son, Jesus.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • Why does God want a relationship with people?
  • How does it make you feel to know that God wants to have a relationship with you?
  • Do you have a relationship with God? If so, would you like to tell us about it?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God Initiates Relationship into your everyday life as a family.

BLESSING: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may God remind you this week that He reaches out to you and invites you to be a part of His story through the love and grace of Jesus.

 

Week of February 11 –

Connect as a family:

Place a jar or a clear plastic container filled with bread, cereal, or cookies where everyone in your family can see it. Then read through the biblical account of God’s provision in Exodus 16. Ask your children to tell you their favorite part of this passage, and then share with them your favorite part. Talk with them about how they might have felt if they had seen food literally rain down from the sky. Then point out the container of food and tell them it’s a reminder of how God cares for us and meets our needs.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

• How did God give His people the food they needed?

• What are some ways you’ve seen God take care of our family?

• How can we thank God for providing for our needs?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God is Provider into your everyday life as a family.

Blessing: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you rest in the knowledge that God knows what you need and will take care of you.

Week of February 4 - 

Connect as a family:

Have your children think about something that has been delivered to your home—a pizza, a package, etc. Talk about the journey this item might have taken to arrive safely. Then share how God rescued and protected the Israelites and brought them out of Egypt. Explain how He delivered His people safely to the land He had promised them and how they remembered and celebrated their delivery with Passover. Read Psalm 18:1–3. Put on some of your favorite worship music, and dance and sing together. Then pray together, thanking God that He protects and delivers us.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

• What does this psalm praise God for?

• What does this psalm say that God provides for His people?

• How can we celebrate God as our Deliverer?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God as Deliverer into your everyday life as a family.

Blessing: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you celebrate God's grace and the freedom He offers through salvation.

Week of January 28 –

Connect as a family:

Gather your children and sit in a doorframe. If you want to go a step further, frame the top and sides of the doorframe with red fabric or red paper to remind you of how God’s people painted their doorposts. Read through the biblical account of the Passover in Exodus 12:1–29. Close your time by praying and

thanking God for giving us new life in Jesus.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

• Why did God want His people to paint their doorposts with the blood of a lamb?

• What was the last miracle God performed to free His people?

• How does God give us new life?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God gives new life into your everyday life as a family.

Blessing: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you always remember that God has a plan for your life, and He is in control.

Week of January 21 –

Connect as a Family:

Each night this week, take your kids outdoors. Read Exodus 5—11, one chapter per night. Each night, after you’ve read, ask your kids how they might have reacted if they’d been there to witness God’s power to control nature. Point out that God was proving that He alone is God.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

• Why did God want His people to leave Egypt?

• Why did God send the plagues?

• How does God show His power today?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God is the Lord into your everyday life as a family.

Blessing: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you give thanks and praise to God because He has power over everything.

 

Week of January 14 –

Connect as a family:

Find a spot in front of a fireplace, campfire, or even a candle. Read through the biblical account of God’s call on Moses’ life in Exodus 3:1—4:17. Ask your children how they might have reacted to hearing God’s voice coming from a burning bush if they’d been there. Remind them that only a powerful God could do something like that. Discuss together why God asked Moses to take off his sandals.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

• Why did God tell Moses to take off his sandals?

• What did God want Moses to do?

• Why did God want to free His people from the Egyptians?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God is the Lord into your everyday life as a family.

Blessing: Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

A blessing to pray over your child:

(Child’s name), may you know that God is the Lord of everything.