Thursday, August 6, 2020

Ask Your Church to Equip You During Covid & Beyond to Hand Down a Confident Faith

At all times, but especially now with covid changing so much about how our churches connect with families/ children, if we have not already done so, we need to be focused upon asking the leaders in our churches to equip parents/ grandparents so they are able to hand down the faith and teach the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real and trust Him with confidence - at home. In most cases, if churches do not step up to equip and encourage parents and grandparents when it comes to handing down the faith and teaching the "whys" for a confident faith, this is something they will leave to the church. It isn't because parents and grandparents don't want to do this - most often it is because they do not know how to engage the children they love and connect with them in meaningful and memorable ways. So, if they are not handing down the faith and teaching the "whys", and the children they love are not able to go to church, then there has been five months since they were able to be involved in at least learning what to believe. Five months.

Now is the time for churches to step up and equip parents and grandparents, so they are able to do what God planned for them to do - be the primary people who teach the Bible and equip the children they love with a confident faith as they share with them the "whys" for their faith. I want to help with this. If a leader at your church will email me - lyndagcj@gmail.com - I will send them the Digital Version of my book - Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! After they look it over, if they would like to use it with the families in their church, they just need to email me how many families they will give the digital book to and I will invoice them for $1 per family for their digital rights.

Since most churches are still not holding in-person opportunities for children, this is the perfect time to focus upon helping parents and grandparents connect with the children they love. Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!  will give them either 12 or 24 weeks or one year of resources which are perfect to help parents and grandparents connect with children who are not at church as they hand down the faith and teach the "whys" - depending on the timeline your church chooses to use. While this book may look like an animal picture book it is so much more! It is designed to equip parents and grandparents so they are able to hand down the faith and teach the "whys", so the children they love will have a confident faith.

How might your church use Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!  with the families and children in your church? Consider the following ideas . . . 
  • As a church, they many invite families to discover and learn about the same animal the same week - one week a month and make the book last for a full year, or every other week, making it last two quarters, or every week, making the book last for 12 weeks. 
  • Whatever schedule they set for working your way through the book as a church and individual families, they may connect throughout the week to ask families what they found the most interesting, for photos of how their project went, and to share ideas/results.
  • Find additional ideas for activities/questions they could email to families to extend the fun and learning.
Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More!  absolutely is a tool which will equip parents and grandparents so they are able to confidently have essential conversations with the children they love to help them grow up with a confident faith. And at just $1 per family, what other resource could your church possibly find which will engage, capture the attention of children and adult alike, and help build a confident faith? So, have them email me and I'll send them the digital book. They may look it over. Let me know how many families they will use it with and I'll invoice them for their digital rights permission.

Please share this idea with your church - and tell your friends so they are able to do the same. Blue Dragons, Red Pandas, Hoopoes & More! makes it easy for churches to connect and equip parents and grandparents to hand down the faith during covid - or any time.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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