Family Ideas for Showing Thanks (Thanksgiving 11-21-2012)

Family Ideas for Showing Thanks at Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving it is a great time to recall all the things God has provided for us and to Thank Him.  Plan some things to do this Thanksgiving to share what you are thankful for.  Have some fun with your kids as you come up with ideas for showing thankfulness.  Share your ideas with us at http://www.familiesinfaith.org

Web Links for Further Training and Resources

Thanksgiving ideas for Families
from Building Faith

The 5 Kernels of Corn
From Happy Home Fairy

Family Book of Thanks
From Tip Junkie

Thanksgiving Journal Prompts for Kids
From Journal Buddies

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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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Thanksgiving Traditions that Point to Jesus

As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season it is a great time to create family traditions that point to God.  Holidays create wonderful memories for children – partly because we do things that are special and out of the ordinary.  This is a great time to connect our families to faith and life development.
What are some of your family traditions for Thanksgiving?  Add a comment to this post with your ideas.

Debunking a cultural myth (email 4/19/2012)

  • Do parents lose their influence as their kids get older?
  • Can parents shape the religious lives and attitudes of their children?
  • –Or, is that something that everyone has to choose for themselves?
  • Should parents should “stay out of it” and let children choose their own path?

Our culture tells us that parents should ‘stay out of it’ and let children choose their own path. Even the popular TV show Mike and Molly make such claims. Is that true? Should parents ‘stay out of it’? If we stay out of it, why should we think that things will work out the way we want them to?

here’s the Mike and Molly Video Clip (discussed in Joel’s video)

Are you the second Generation?

A study conducted in 1980 called “Young Adolescents and Their Parents” surveyed 8000 young Americans. They found that only 10% of church families discussed faith with any regularity. A whopping 43% NEVER talked about God at home.

Chances are you grew up in this era. Which means you did not grow up with the model of faith development at home. You probably didn’t have family devotions on a regular basis. You probably didn’t pray too often with your family, and you probably didn’t read the Bible at home.

It is not surprising therefore to see the next generation—today’s parents—not know what to do when it comes to faith at home. We were raised to believe that at church is where matters of God and faith happen. The role of moms and dads was to get their kids to church and in church programs. It only made sense then that churches grew their programs for kids, youth, and young adults.

Mark Holmen in his book Impress Faith on Your Kids, says, “I do not believe we have bad parents today. I don’t think you want to be a bad parent. Yet when it comes to doing what we need to do to lead our kids to life, through faith in Christ, I don’t think parents have any idea how important their actions and behaviors are.” (page 35)

There is good news and bad news in that thought. As parents we have the influence – good news! But we get what we are – nerve racking news.

If we want our kids to live for Jesus—loving Him with all of their heart, and loving others as they love themselves…. —well, then, that’s exactly what we need to be.

  • If you want your child to read the Bible more – then you need to read the Bible more
  • If you want your child to pray more – then you need to pray more
  • If you want your child to show compassion and mercy – then you need to show compassion and mercy
  • If you want God to be number one in your child’s life – then God needs to be number one in your life.
  • The opposite is also true… if you want your kids to have a shallow faith, a faith that doesn’t impact or inform their lives, a faith that crumbles under pressure and is easily swayed… then be that way yourself.
  • Want to know what you will get from your kids? Look in the mirror, and that will likely be an accurate predictor.

Quotes on parental influence

“Your home is the single most powerful arena on earth to change a life for God.”

Bruce Wilkinson – The Prayer of Jabez – page 32

“The Bible is unmistakably clear that it is the parents’ job to disciple their children.”

 Steve Wright – Rethink – page 146

“All of the different approaches to studying parental influences in the religious socialization pro­cess converge on a single conclu­sion: Parents play an extremely important role in the developing religious attitudes and practices of their offspring. In fact, few re­searchers would quarrel with the conclusion that parents are the most important influence in this regard.”

 Bob Altemeyer and Bruce Hunsberger – Amazing Conversions – page 226

“The responsibility for raising spiritual champions, according to the Bible, belongs to the parents. The spiritual nurture of children is supposed to take place in the home. Organizations and people from outside the home might support those efforts, but the responsibility is squarely laid at the feet of the family. This is not a job for specialists. It is a job for parents.”

George Barna – Revolutionary Parenting – pages 11-12

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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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Godparents

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Are you a godparent or sponsor?  What do you do in this role to help pass the faith on?  Share what you do to connect with the godchildren in your life.

Prayers for my Godchild – Download this PDF for prayer ideas –  You can also use these prayers to create a photo album of your godchild as a gift for their confirmation.

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Prayers for My Children

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Praying for your children is one of the greatest responsibilities and joys of a Christian parent. Here is a simple project you can do at home to create a flip chart with 31 ideas, straight out of scripture, for praying for your children.

Download this PDF for instructions and the prayers to use in your project.  Watch the video for instructions.

Prayers for My Children

Adapted from an original design by Bob Hostetler by the Prince of Peace Design Team- This project created by Connie Denninger

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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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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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You’ve probably noticed, but our site archives all of the videos and content from the families in faith emails. Need to find ideas from Advent, or the teaching about Jesus? You can find it on this site. Did you miss a video or want to watch an old one to revisit what you learned? Do you remember the topic, but not the date – you can search by topic as well.

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.

Families in Faith is a Free email resource.  We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.

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.familiesinfaith.org 

  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

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?