Monday, May 4, 2015

Pay Attention Granparents & Pass on a Heritage of Faith

The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children - Larry Fowler
Yesterday on my other blog, About the Children's Department, I wrote about a book which was included in the first Dispatch box from INCM (International Network of Children's Ministry). And, so you know, yes, I was invited to be on the Dispatch Team and wrote in their mini-mag about one of the resources in the box.

As I read through the items included in the first box, I read a little book by Larry Fowler The Question Nobody Asks About Our Children. I have to say, as a grandma, this little book got my attention. Yes, it is primarily a resource for people who serve in children's ministry or on the staff of a church, but the information in this little book absolutely provides some things for us as grandparents to pay attention to who are serious about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. In my post yesterday, I said;
"Larry absolutely, 'hits the nail on the head' when he asks; 'How often do the children in our ministries come to church?' because, like he says, there are 168 hours in a week and we get children for one hour - or maybe up to three if children participate in the mid-week ministry. If children actually only participate in our ministry every other week - as so many do, then do the math. They are only in our ministry for one - to three hours out of 336 hours. Yes, 336 hours. This probably has your attention - or at least it should. 
So, what does this look like over a year? Over the few short years a child is in your children's ministry? And, what happens if they do not develop relationships with the volunteers serving them? Beyond this; what if they do not build any deep relationships with the other children in their classes? 
Larry lays this problem out very clearly for us, so we can not miss it. And we absolutely need to not 'miss'" it. We need to sit up and pay very close attention and then act upon it. I'm so thankful he goes on to walk us through five things which make a difference for the children in our ministries, he is very clear about three things the church must do, four things our children's ministries must do and three things parents must do."
Yes, if our grandchildren are not truly engaged and involved in the children's ministry in their church; if they only attend every other week, then they are only in church for one to three hours out of every 336 hours. Did this get your attention? It definitely got my attention. You will find my full review and links to free resources at the following link.

I believe there is nothing more important for us to do as grandparents, than for us to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. To this end I am working on writing a curriculum which grandparents can use with their grandchildren (parents could also use it with their children) to pass on a heritage of faith. It involves children and grandparents/parents in fun science projects, fun Minute-to-win-it-type games, crafts, cooking, service projects and most importantly, getting children to open their Bibles and see what God's Word has to say to them. The first year is focused on praying through the Psalms because if our grandchildren learn to be people of prayer, they will have a very strong anchor to hold on to as they grow up!

Keep watching for more information this summer as I get ready to release, Science, the Bible & Fun with Poppa & Grandma!

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