Discipleship at Home
 
Whatever programs, classes or experiences any church may provide for its children, the home remains the primary environment for lasting discipleship.  We value the opportunity to provide resources for our parents as a means to encourage family-focused discipleship.  This is particularly true during this time of COVID-19, when The Journey is not offering Sunday School or Children’s church to our children.
 
We encourage our families to use this time of togetherness and limited outside activities to incorporate discipleship practices into their regular rhythms.  Below are some suggestions for you to try out and see what sticks with your family.
 
1. Share your story. 
Share a story from today; a time you felt happy or sad; your high or your low from the events of the day.
 
2. Share God’s story. 
Read together a portion of scripture.  Age appropriate resources might include the Big Picture Story Bible, the Jesus storybook Bible, the gospel passage from the daily lectionary
(Click Here) or one of the following passages (Colosians 3, Matthew 5-7, 1 Corinthians 13, Psalm 23, Romans 5-8, John 14-17, Galatians 5, or Romans 12:9-21.)
 
3. Talk Together.
Discuss how your story connects with God’s story.  Help your children make connections between their lives and God.
 
4. Pray.
Pray with your children for your family, friends and the world.  An example: “Father, help us to honor you with our lives, love you with all our hearts and walk in a way that pleases you.  Amen.
 
5. Bless one another.
Look directly at your children (perhaps holding their faces in your hands) and say a blessing over them.  Speak a simple truth of faith such as “God is always with you” or “God loves you with his whole heart.”  You might also use all or part of the following blessing: May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the Lord show you favor and give you peace.
 
 
 
Resource: https://faithink.com/about-faith5