We believe that Christian parents are their children's best teachers of God's Word.
Your kids see you and speak to you every day, while they are only in church on Sunday mornings. They get to see you live out your faith through practicing spiritual disciplines, spending time in fellowship with other believers, relying on the Holy Spirit through trials, and witnessing to the lost.
We also recognize there are many demands on your time and attention. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try to find the "right" way to do family devotions or start spiritual conversations with your child, particularly if you grew up in a home where that was not the norm. We want to help by providing a simple structure for family worship that we hope will develop into a routine for you and your family, if you do not already have one.
Choose a time of day when your entire family, or at least one parent and the kids, are all home and have around ten minutes relatively free. Try to connect this time to a routine you already have in place, such as drinking your morning coffee. For families with older kids, the best time might be in the evening just before bedtime; for families with toddlers, the best time might be in the morning right after breakfast. Do what works for you and your family!
*All of the resources below are merely suggestions. Feel free to take this in whatever direction works best for your family.
There are three components:
Read, Pray, and Sing
These do not have to be done in any certain order. If you are just starting, we recommend keeping it very simple. Even choose just one of the three, and get into a routine with that, then add more. Family worship can be as simple as gathering together for a couple of worship songs.
- Above all, be natural and sincere. But if it helps, use the acronym ACTS as a guide.
- Adoration: Praise God for who he is.
- Confession: Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness.
- Thanksgiving: Thank God for the small blessings, as well as answered prayer.
- Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
- The Power of a Praying Kid
List of Alternative Links (From Video)
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
- Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens
- Getting To The Heart Of Parenting
- Shepherding a Child's Heart
- Instructing a Child's Heart
- Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
- Family-Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God