Faith @ Home

Generations

We all want our kids to grow in faith, yet an hour or so at church each week can only do so much. It is well established (see below) that regular faith discussions in the home have a significant impact on children growing into lifelong followers of Jesus.

Faith @ Home eNews

To this end, most weeks we send out a short email (and post the contents to our private facebook group) with the following regular features:

  • 'Faith @ home... yes, but how?' spot that gives simple practical suggestions for instilling faith practices into what's already happening in the home
  • fun videos and thought-provoking discussion questions that relate to the upcoming theme on Sunday mornings for our pre-school and primary-aged kids (we encourage these conversations to happen in the home before we get to cover them at church, emphasising the primary importance of faith discussions in the home)
  • various other resources to encourage you with regular faith conversations in the home, many of which you'll find in our Faith @ Home Resources section of our web/app.

Our hope is that this weekly resource will spark conversations in the home and that some of the ideas will help you as you parent your kids to know and love Jesus.

You can view some of the recent Faith @ Home eNews on this archive page (look for the Faith @ Home this week emails). If you'd like to sign up to receive these in your inbox, use this form and select the 'Faith @ Home eNews' option (feel free to also sign up to our regular weekly church eNews).

See the below tabs for some of the resources we recommend as well as some of the relevant research in this area.

These resources are just some of a huge number of helpful and practical tools to help build faith in your homes. You can find many such resources on our Faith @ Home Resources section of our web/app.

  • Life-Giving Homes - a succinct, free, downloadable book from Terry Williams (Australia’s leading children & families ministry trainer/practitioner). Terry has an enormous passion for the well-being of families and the home as a primary site for intergenerational engagement - this short book is a distillation of material from Terry’s decades of experience
  • Ten things we can do at home - 10 simple ways in which we can bring our faith into our everyday routines
  • Practical Discipleship at Home - a series of blog posts from Christina Embree providing practical and simple ways to begin inviting Christ into the everyday moments of your family’s life

Research (eg. Youth Ministry in Thirds by Richard Ross) continues to show that kids who grow into lifetime followers of Jesus tend to have the following in common:

  1. They have an active spiritual life (with regular faith conversations) in the home - this is what we are seeking to encourage and resource with our Faith @ Home eNews
  2. They have good peer connections with like-minded kids, eg. Sunday morning children's ministry at church
  3. They develop warm relationships and shared ministry between themselves and the rest of the congregation (what is known as intergenerational ministry).

Other similar research has been conducted by the Search Institute (1990) and, more recently, by the Sticky Faith research by Fuller Youth Institute.

More from 'Generations'

Kids on Sundays

Children and their families are an integral part of our life together as the family of God here at Coro. As an intergenerational church community, we place value on children worshipping together with the whole church family, also understanding the need for kids to have opportunities to learn and engage with the Bible in ways that are designed specifically for the different stages of their development.

On Sunday mornings our children spend the first half hour or so together with their families in worship. There are a couple of areas set aside for very young children with some quiet toys and books, however we encourage parents to help their children engage with the service by explaining to them what is happening and encouraging them to participate.

After around half an hour, the children move out to different programs that are designed to stimulate, encourage and enable each child to grow in their own faith journey and in their relationships with their peers. We have four different programs that we run most weeks:

- LPC (ages 0-3) is a free-play session for our very young ones

- Kindy Kids (ages 3-5) is a more structured program with story, craft and free time

- KBG (R-Yr6) has large group and small group times with teaching, memory verses, creative and fun activities and times of prayer.

- Bounce (Yrs7-10) learn through discussion, video clips, and games – always with plenty of food on offer!

See the tabs below for more information.

Note: The safety of the children in our care is paramount. Children are signed in and out of programs with all our helpers holding valid Working with Children Checks and key leaders having undergone Child-Safe Environments and First Aid training in line with the Uniting Church Child Safe Policy.

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