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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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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M&Ms and Jesus (email 4/12/2012)


Sharing Jesus with our kids can be done in many different ways. Some times the best way is using everyday things to connect to Jesus. Take M&Ms for example…

M&Ms are great for this one—with a little creativity you can tell the story of Easter and Jesus using a bag of M&Ms. Try this idea out today – AND let this be an example and motivator to come up with your own ideas for using everyday things to teach your children about Jesus.

Download the poem “Easter’s Sweet Story” by Joel Dietrich here.

Easter’s Sweet Story

— by Dr. Joel Dietrich

These candies tell a story, the best you will hear
About Jesus – His death so we could draw near

Notice the colors all 6 in our story
Telling of Jesus – His death, life and glory

The letter is more than what you might see
Turn it over to see an M, W, 3 and ELet’s start with brown the color of the cross
To which Jesus was nailed – where his life was lostThe red for His blood shed on Calvary
For your sins and mine that we might be freeThe M stands for Messiah who died in our place
Forgiving our sins through the gift of God’s Grace

The 3 counts the days Jesus spent in the grave
Refusing to stay, He rises to save

The E stands for Easter and God’s Eternal Plan
God brought us salvation by the death of one Man.

The Yellow and Orange tell of Easter’s sunrise
New life and it’s freedom replacing the cries

Green shows new life as clearly as Spring
That comes with the promise of the resurrected King

Blue is for Baptism’s claim of new life
Conquering sin with all of its strife

The W is for Worship and worthy is He
Of praise, adoration, submission, and glee

Finish the story with the candy’s sweet taste
Feeling God’s love and holy embrace

Web Links and Other Ideas

Teach like Jesus taught – from kid’s ministry ideas

Christian Object Lessons – from creative Bible Study.com

Erika Dawson – Christian Blogger with ideas for Families

Digital Kids Initiative –
All things dealing with raising kids who are digital natives. Ideas, stats, articles, sharing and more.

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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.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

Resurrection Eggs


Watch the Video for information and ideas about “Resurrection Eggs.”  Download the PDF for all the information and scripture references.

Click here for Resurrection Eggs  PDF – includes 21 ideas for things to put into resurrection eggs along with scripture references.

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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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Create Your Own Prayer Flip Chart

Prayers for my Children – email 03/01/2012

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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.

Here’s what you need to do this….

Download the instructions for making the “Prayers for my Children” flip-chart by clicking here:

Prayers for my Children - prayer flip chart

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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

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 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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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

Do something… (10-6-2011)

originally published 10/6/2011

Welcome to Families in Faith Online.  Here is the first video and email.  May God bless you and your family as you seek ways to bring Jesus into your everyday life.

Do Something…

“Brethren, do something, do something, do something. While committees waste their time over resolutions, do something. While societies and unions are making constitutions, let us win souls. Too often we discuss, and discuss, and discuss, and Satan laughs in his sleeve. I pray you be men of action all of you.”    – Charles Spurgeon

This quote from Charles Spurgeon is one of my favorite quotes as a worker in God’s Kingdom. Too often we make excuses or we over-plan, over-think, and under-do. Families can be the same way. We often plan to talk about Jesus, get ideas from church about having spiritual conversations, or know that it is our role to teach our children about God, but we don’t do it. Life intervenes, we get too busy, we don’t feel qualified, we don’t know what to say or where to start. Does that sound familiar? Then let this quote motivate you… just do something.

God isn’t looking for the best speakers, the most intelligent theologians, or the worlds most dynamic pastors to teach children about Him. No, God is looking for parents to do it. The beauty is that God doesn’t need our ability, just our availability. Will you make yourself available for God to use you this week in teaching your children about Him?

Below are some ideas to “Do Something.”

Do Something Ideas

1. Pray together – before meals, before bed, before leaving the house.
2. Notice God together – look around and point to the wonders of God’s creation together.
3. Bless each other every night before bed. Use Number 6:24-26
4. Ask your kids about their day – listen and then pray with them, thanking God for the good times and asking for assistance when needed.
5. Share your favorite Bible verse with your kids.
6. Go online and google search “Jesus” and discover together what you find. (Be prepared, not everything on the internet is Christian – shocking but true)
7. Watch TV together – shows on Discovery about Nature, or shows like Veggie tales. Find ways to talk about your faith and what you watched together.
8. Pray for your neighbors – friends, colleagues, classmates. Make a list together for all the people you want God to bless.
9. Skip a meal together and talk about sharing the money you saved with those in need. Make that donation together.
10. Clean out your closets or old toys and clothes you no longer use and donate them to charity. Talk about serving others, and sharing.

Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich, Minister to Families and Children, ©2011, all rights reserved