Stewardship for Children and Families

Want ideas for talking with children about stewardship? Start with a video explaining what stewardship is.

Make a list with your child of some of the things you and your family spend your money on (like John does in the video.) Remember together that all of it belongs to God, and you are a steward of it (which means you take care of it.) How are you responsible for the gifts God has given your family? What are some new ideas about using God’s gifts in your family?

Save-Spend-Share

Many parents find a three-fold model of money helpful as a way to encourage faithfulness with their children. Save some, spend some, share some. Children can do their sharing as a pledge to the church (using offering envelopes), or as money put in the offering plate each week for our dedicated offering. Watch together this video as a child explains how he uses his money in this way. The good part starts about 30 seconds in.

Think: Read a Bible story about giving. Luke 21:1-4 A Widow Gives All or John 6:1-14 Feeding the 5000. Talk together: What do these stories tell us about giving? Ask your child: What gifts has God given to you? As a family, we give some of God’s gifts back, to say thank you, and to help others. Talk about some ways our offering money helps others.

Pray: Dear God, Thank you for all the gifts you have given me. I am grateful for…… (both parent and child name gifts here.) Please help me be a cheerful giver, and share what I have.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Respond: How will your child respond? Set up a plan to give back to God, both financially and in gifts of time and talent.

Download lots more info here including a look at how children of different ages understand money and stewardship, books to read with children, and how to raise generous children in a materialistic world.

Welcome to Faith 5: Summer Family Devotions

Faith 5 is a quick way to build family devotions into your day, and have more faith conversations at home, or on the go. There are 5 steps: Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless. Here is how it works.

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Gather your family together. Dinner time or bedtime might work for you. You can do Faith 5 in 5-15 minutes.

1. Share your highs and lows of the day.

2. Read a Bible verse or story. (First week’s are below.)

3. Talk about how the reading relates to your highs and lows.

4. Pray for one another’s highs and lows.

5. Bless one another.

A blessing could be tracing a simple sign of the cross on the forehead, with the words, “God loves you and so do I,” or another sign of blessing for your family.

Want ideas for the Bible readings? The Bible is filled with images of water that are perfect for summer devotions. Here are a few verses that will help you dive in this week:

  • June 1: Genesis 1:1-10
  • June 2: Genesis 18:1-14
  • June 3: Isaiah 11:6-9
  • June 4: Isaiah 12:2-3
  • June 5: Isaiah 25:8-9
  • June 6: Isaiah 35:1-6
  • June 7: Isaiah 41:17-18

Here is an intro video that shows how one family (with little ones) does the Faith 5.

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Good Friday and Holy Saturday with Children

holy week clipIt’s difficult to know how to navigate these days. School and culture have us hiding eggs and stocking up on chocolate bunnies. At church we have reached our most solemn day of the church year as we recall the cross and death of Jesus. How do you observe it as a family, with children of varying ages?

My best suggestion: Stop by the church today to walk through the Holy Week Prayer stations in the Parlor.

Want more, or ideas for how to prepare for Easter at home or on vacation? Try these links: