Parent Cue Materials:
- These are sent home from Trinity weekly, in email and print form; sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Think about creating a special place in your home set aside for discipleship tools
- Faith Talk with Children and Faith Talk (for older kids)
- Food for Talk (conversation starter box for meal time)
- Thoughts to Make your Heart Sing, by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- From a Kingdom perspective, discuss culture with kids: movies, songs, advertising, etc.
- Utilize routine times to share life and faith: meals, bedtime, bath time, car rides/walks, etc.
Bibles and Teaching:
- NIrV Bible for kids (K or early readers and older)
- Telling God's Story curriculum books by Peter Enns
-Teaching children the Lord's Prayer (for a hands on way to teach children the Lord's Prayer, click here).
Scripture Memory and Prayer:
- Seeds Family Worship music (good for teaching children Scripture, through song)
- Post Scripture around the house or write verses on bathroom mirrors or windows with dry erase markers
- Create a sacred space in your home for prayer-obtain a palm cross for use during prayer time or other materials to engage their senses
- Encourage your child to journal
- Decorate some sort of container to place in a significant spot in your home (like the dining table) to write out people to pray for, things you're thankful for, or general prayers.
-Use a prayer labyrinth. Click here for an explanation, and paper version, of the figure prayer labyrinth. Consider making your own handheld one out of cardboard, air dry clay or painters tape (on the floor).
- Take children with you, your Trinity group, or family to serve in the community and encourage them to welcome people into your own home
- Encourage older children to engage in ministries that they are passionate about
- Sponsor a child through ServeLife or include your child in supporting another favorite organization
Other Discipleship tools to connect with throughout the various seasons:
- Check out www.aholyexperience.com/free-tools-for-you for several great resources for adults and families
Parenting and Discipleship Resources:
- Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, by Kara Powell and Chap Clark (additional family guide with practical ideas to came out in August, 2014); sign up for Sticky Faith Newsletters at http://stickyfaith.org/parents.
- Parenting Beyond your Capacity, by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwof
- Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline, by Becky A. Bailey
- Pure Foundation Series by Jim Burns: to introduce sexuality to kids in an age appropriate stages. For parents, Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life by Jim Burns.
- Telling God's Story: A Parent's Guide to Teaching the Bible, by Peter Enns
- Take sabbath time regularly
- Take vacations or family outings together (and let the kids have input); have one on one "dates" with each child
- Go tech free: during family sabbath time (let the kids hide your phones), have tech free meals (put all phones in the middle of the table at dinner time) or tech free time with others (put a basket at the front door for phones to be dropped in during your Trinity group or other times of fellowship).
Talk with others to gain new ideas!