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 April 23

Connect as a family

This week, watch for opportunities to begin conversations with your kids about what faith looks like. Point out situations that require faith; try to use things you take for granted as examples, such as sitting in a chair (having faith it will support you) or flipping a light switch (having faith that the light turns on). Lead the discussion into spiritual faith. Read Luke 2:21–40. Ask your children about where Simeon and Anna placed their faith. Ask them what that faith may have looked like to God’s people at that time. Talk about how your faith in Jesus might look to your friends and neighbors.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • How did God honor Simeon and Anna’s faith?
  • How did Simeon respond when he saw Jesus?
  • In what areas do you struggle to have faith in God?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God honors faith 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 your understanding of God’s great love for you grow every day.

 

Week of April 15

Connect as a family

As you drive around this week, point out different road signs to your kids. Ask what they think each sign means. Later, at home, gather your family and read Luke 2:1–20. Ask everyone to identify a sign from this portion of Scripture and share what this sign represented. Remind them of what the angels said to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace” (v. 14). Share with your kids that God’s Son brings us peace with God.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • Why did Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?
  • Why did God send His Son?
  • How can we respond to the good news of God’s Son bringing peace?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God's Son brings peace 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 God’s peace in your life. May you be encouraged to share the good news of His peace with others.

 

Week of April 8

Connect as a family

Wrap an empty box or fill a gift bag with tissue and gather the members of your family. Take the “gift” and pass it to each family member. As each person takes the gift, invite her to share about her favorite gift ever. Read Luke 1:26–56 together. Ask your children if they can identify the gift in this passage. Share with them that it’s Jesus! Remind them that God gave His one and only Son for each of us.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • For what gift was God preparing His people?
  • How can we thank God for His gift of Jesus?
  • How can we share God’s gift of His Son with others?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus is God's gift 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 your heart be open to accept and receive all that Jesus is, and may you be filled with thankfulness for God’s amazing gift.

Week of April 1

Connect as a family

Gather your family around the table. Ask someone to sit at the head of the table, and declare him to be the “king.” Make him a construction paper crown and give him a robe to wear—or anything else that’s “kingly.” Read Jeremiah 23:5–6. Ask your kids what the word righteous means. Share with them that it means “fair, right, and perfect.” Only Jesus can be the perfect King—the righteous King!

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What prophecy did Jeremiah give to God’s people?
  • When Jesus came to earth, how was He different from an earthly king?
  • What does it mean that Jesus is King of Kings?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how the Lord is our righteousness 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 Jesus as your King. May you trust Him to guide you throughout your life.

Week of March 25

Connect as a family

Gather your family and play your favorite worship music. Explain that we often think of worship as just singing, but we can worship God in many different ways: prayer, silence, art, dance, giving, and thanksgiving, just to name a few. Discuss some of these ways to worship God. Read 2 Samuel 6. Ask your children why David was leaping and dancing. Ask them why David offered sacrifices to the Lord, and discuss ways your family might sacrifice something (TV time, Internet time, etc.) as an act of worship to God.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What did David and his men bring to Jerusalem?
  • How did David worship God?
  • What are some ways we can worship God?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God's Presence Inspires Worship 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's Spirit inspire you to worship Him.

Week of March 18

Connect as a family

Gather your family with a loaf of bread and some flat crackers or matzah bread. Explain what yeast is and how it works. Talk about the difference between the loaf of bread and the crackers. Share that when God’s people fled Egypt, they left so quickly that they didn’t have time to wait for their bread dough to rise. The Israelites celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread as a way of remembering and celebrating God as their Redeemer—the One who bought them back and saved them. Read Luke 1:68. Talk about how Jesus came to redeem us from sin and death. Praise God for making the way for us to be with Him forever.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What do these verses tell us about God?
  • How did God redeem the Israelites?
  • How has God redeemed you?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God as Redeemer 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 trust and know the Lord as your Savior and Redeemer.

Week of March 11

Connect as a family

Read 1 Samuel 1:9–20 in the morning, before you get started for the day. Ask your kids to describe ways that God is almighty and powerful (such as His power over creation). Talk with them about how God hears our prayers when we cry out to Him. In 1 Samuel, God answered Hannah’s prayer for a son. Also talk about how God answers each prayer in the way that’s best for us. Pray together and thank God for continually displaying His might and taking care of us.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What did Hannah pray for in the temple?
  • How did God answer her prayers?
  • How has God shown Himself as almighty in your life?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God Is Almighty 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 be blessed by God Almighty. May you praise Him for the things He has done and will do in your life.

Week of March 4

Connect as a family

One evening, choose someone in your family to lead everyone else around the house for a few minutes. Encourage the leader to get creative in the path he takes and in the moves he makes, and have him end at the sofa or table. Read Joshua 1:1–18. Point out to your children that Joshua listened to and obeyed God. Ask your children if they would like God to lead them in some specific areas of their lives. Remind them that God will never fail them.

After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:

  • What kind of leader did God desire for His people?
  • In what ways was God faithful to His people?
  • How is God faithful to us?

These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God Never Fails 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 will never fail you.

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.