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Day to Day

Parents and guardians get overwhelmed in the day-to-day responsibility of guiding a child's faith formation.
 
Faith formation happens over an entire lifetime, and it is not something that should be done alone.
 
Little changes and ways to integrate faith in your day to day lives. Make intentional interactions in the car, at mealtimes, before bed, or through virtual connections. 

When in doubt, just engage in "God Sightings." Simply ask...

Where did you see God today? 

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Helpful Quick Ideas

 

Write a scripture each week somewhere in your home where your family will see it.

 

Read a good Bible Story. (See our Children's Books and Bible suggestions.)

 

Use Google Images to find Bible-related printouts for crosswords, dot-to-dots, coloring, and other activities or lessons. (Pinterest Ideas)

 

Sing "Jesus Loves Me" or say the "The Lord's Prayer."

Resources

FAMILY BLOGS & ACTIVITIES


Faith by Faith Inkubators
is a simple, easy-to-implement faith practice, perfect for incorporating into your bedtime routine for five to fifteen minutes a night. When done over time, the FAITH5™ carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health.

Ultimate Collection of Family Faith Formation Resources
If you were going to fill a gift basket with the ultimate collection of family faith formation resources for churches, which titles would you include?
 

Flame: Creative Children's Ministry
This blog is full of projects, activities, and other in home ways to encounter faith as a family.
 

Jerusalem Greer
This blog is also full of projects, activities, and faithful ways to be in the home.

GodVenture
At GodVenture we're passionate about helping families find new fun ways to explore the Bible together.

Lunch Box Trivia: Over 75 Tear-Out Fun Facts About the Bible & Other Cool Stuff

God's Big Story Cards by Faith Alive 

 

Melissa & Doug Family Dinner Box of Questions - Faith Edition

 

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Loyola Press Three Minute Daily Retreat (Parents)
3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.
 

d365 (Daily Devotions)
Our primary goal then, and since, has been to provide inspirational and relevant reflections on scripture for young people. Passport is a student ministry organization focused on creating meaningful experiences and resources for students.

 

Devotions in the HomeFaith @ Home Lectionary

A resource for keeping discipleship practices and Christian education going in the home during the week.

 

At Home with God: Family Devotions for the School Year by Marilyn Brown Oden, Anne Broyles, Sue Downing, Paul Escamilla & Elizabeth Lynd Escamilla

BOOKS

Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture by Mark and Lisa Scandrette 
 

Homegrown Faith & Justice: Faith-Forming Activities, Conversations, Rituals, and Resources for Families with Children
 

The Most Beautiful Images from the Bible: Sharing the Stories with Children by Katia Mrowiec (Author), Frédéric Pillot (Illustrator)
 

Seamless Faith by Traci Smith

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids by Kara Powell
 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Prayers by Julie B. Sevig
 

Praying In Color by Sybil McBeth or Praying in Color (Kids' Edition) by Sybil McBeth
 

Together We Pray: A Prayer Book for Families by J Wigger
 

Everyday Family Faith by Sandy Swartzentruber

 

ONLINE ARTICLES and WEBSITES

Online Learning Games for Kids: Adventure Bible

Everyday Family Faith by Sandy Swartzentruber 

Practicing Families

"Practicing Families is an on-line ministry that seeks to support families in their efforts to follow the way of Jesus."

 

Keep Connected

"KeepConnected.info offers free quizzes, discussion starters, family activities, and other ideas to help families explore and strengthen their relationships and help children and teens grow up responsibly." 

 

InCultureParent

"InCultureParent is an online magazine for parents raising little global citizens. Centered around culture, tradition and language, we feature articles on parenting around the world and raising multicultural and multilingual (also bicultural and bilingual) children. We also spotlight different global holidays together with craft ideas for kids and recipes. We review good books for kids that have a multicultural theme or feature different cultures."

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