Giving Up Something for Lent (2/23/2012)

A popular tradition during the season of Lent is to give something up in order to free oneself for more time for prayer and worship. This can be an excellent opportunity for families. Try giving something up as a family in order to concentrate on extra family time, extra prayer time, and extra time growing in your faith.

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The Skit Guys – “The Skinny on Fasting”

The “Skinny on Fasting” video  – with thoughts and questions to make it a devotion for your family.

Web Sites for further training

What is Lent?

25 ideas from teenagers on what they gave up for Lent

Mom challenges family to give up technology for 6 months

Link to Skit Guys page (more videos)

and the “Skinny on Fasting” video shown below – with thoughts and questions to make it a devotion for your family

Book from Amazon – “365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities”

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Giving Something Up For Lent

As Lent begins today, let’s look at the tradition of giving something up for Lent.  I think it could be a wonderful activity for families to do together.  Find something that you can “give up” for Lent, in order to have more time for family connections, family prayer, and family devotions.  Post what your family decides to give up here – let’s share ideas!

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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday video 02-16-2012

Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday (2/16/2012)

The Season of Epiphany is coming to a close as we celebrate Mardi Gras and then Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent.  Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” – both are names for “Shrove Tuesday”  a traditional day of repentance and remembrance as one prepares for Lent.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent 40 days before Easter (46 days, but Sundays are not counted in the 40).

Family Confession

Here is an idea for a short confession and absolution for families.

(Adapted from Luther’s Small Catechism)

Confession has 2 parts – First we confess our sins, then we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness from God himself.

Start by thinking of the sins you know you have committed. Times when you were mean or hurtful. Moments of rudeness or a short temper. Times when you neglected your family and friends. Occasions when you did not love God with your whole heart, or your neighbor as yourself.

With those in mind, say “I, a poor sinner, plead guilty to all my sins. I am sorry for the things I have done, and for the things I didn’t do that I should have. I ask for forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but because of Jesus – His life and death earned it.”

Parents speak God’s forgiveness
“You are forgiven. By God’s Grace and His command I announce to you the forgiveness of all of your sins. God has taken them away from you as far as the East is from the West. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Use this or something similar to conclude your pancake dinner on Shrove Tuesday.

Web Sites for Further Training

Shrove Tuesday

What is Ash Wednesday?

History of Ash Wednesday

Mardi Gras

What is Shrove Tuesday?

Worshiping with Children – Ash Wednesday

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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The Community is the Content (2-9-2012)

Share Your Creative Ideas – because the Community is the Content!

When it comes to passing on the faith to our children, we could all use some creative ideas.  Sometime we are the ones who have the creative ideas!  Where do you go when you are looking for things to do with your children that will help guide them to Jesus?  Where do you go to share your successes, your trials, or your questions?

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Our new web page is designed for you! The community is the content. The more people who visit the site and add their thoughts, ideas, questions, and stories the better the page becomes.

Will you add to the site? Will you share some stories of faith development from your home? Add comments to what other people are doing. Have a question about what to try when it comes to praying with your 2nd grader? This is the place.

Make familiesinfaith.org one of your regularly visited web pages–the one stop shop for parents who want to pass the faith on to their children.

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Keep coming back to Families in Faith for all the content from the families in faith emails, to be a part of the community and add to the conversation, and to see what ideas that others are sharing as well.

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

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Valentine’s Day

Each year as February rolls around, I’m ready for emphasizing love within our family after spending a greater amount of time indoors than usual.  Since Valentine’s Day comes this month, I’m ready to make it less about romance, and more about learning about the greatest love — God sending his one and only Son — and sharing that with my family.  It’s not very elaborate, which is good, but this is how we celebrate:

In late January I pull out my Valentine decorations.  These decorations include some Bible verse hearts like this one:

Bible verse heart

I bought some inexpensive hearts from Michaels one year and added several different LOVE Bible verses to each one.  I hang them throughout the house.  We don’t really talk or discuss this very much, but they are there.

I also have a heart shaped box sitting in the kitchen.  It’s our Valentine’s kind note box.  Just before Valentine’s Day, each family member will write a short note to each family member.  To help them make sure they include everyone, I have printed out strips of paper that read “to” and “from” and include one for each person.  When they finish writing the notes, they will put them in the box.  On Valentine’s Day we open it and share the kind words with each other at supper time.  When they were younger, they told me what to right (except on my note which my husband wrote down.)

I also try to have a special dinner for the whole family on Valentine’s Day.  This year I also hope to share a little bit about the legend and origin of Valentine’s Day with them.

Do you have any special ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family?

The Miracles of Jesus (2-2-2012)


As we work to teach our children about Jesus we can use the wonder and power that come with His miracles. Jesus’ miracles prove to us that He is God, and that He loves us and is on a mission to restore His creation. Miracles still happen today – spend some time with your kids looking for God’s miracles in the world and in your life.

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord
~ C.S. Lewis

The idea of Jesus being a liar, lunatic, or Lord comes from C.S. Lewis. He does an amazing job putting forth this concept in his book “Mere Christianity”. The video below is a reading from the book on this concept.

Web Sites for Further Training

The Miracles of Jesus
– a list with Bible references of the recorded miracles of Jesus

Chronological look at Jesus’ Miracles as recorded in the 4 Gospels.

Lesson for kids
– Jesus’ miracle of turning water into wine.

Childrensministry.com
– Teaching children to pray for miracles.

The Miracles of Jesus
– Map with locations of where Jesus performed the various Miracles recorded in the Gospels.

This web site is designed for Parents who are working to pass on the faith to their children.  Join in the discussion – share your ideas, and thoughts, and stories.  What’s working in your family?  Look at the other ideas posted and add comments.  This web site will grow as the community adds input… so please visit the site, and add to it!

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Please share this email with others. You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.poplc.org/familiesinfaith

Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich
Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd – Springfield, VA 22152

©2012, all rights reserved