Purpose: Partnering with parents to glorify God by making disciples of the next generation.
WHEN: SUNDAY NIGHTS (6-7:30p)
WHAT: CHILDREN'S MINISTRY TO TEACH AND UNDERSTAND SCRIPTURE WITH PARENT GUIDED LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
Adventurers (3-K), Explorers (1st-2nd), and Navigators (3rd-5th) learn the Bible with an eye toward application through Bible lessons, games, crafts, songs, projects, and workbooks.
Most of the people at Gospel and whom Gospel is reaching did not grow up having family devotions, or a family worship time, or any family habit for parents to pass the faith on to their children. So to help the parents who choose to obey Deuteronomy 6 in passing on their faith to the next generation, we have Family Night.
WHEN: FIRST THREE WEDNESDAYS OF EACH MONTH (7-8p)
WHAT: CASUAL, WHOLE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT IN THE GYM
We use a family devotional book called "Long Story Short" that provides a 5 day per week guide that takes less than 10 minutes each day. Family Night lessons are based on the upcoming week of learning.
No splitting up or spreading out. All age groups stay together in the same space, and each household sits, learns, and works together.
Just like a real family at home, parents adapt the learning and activities for older and younger ages.
Fast-paced, short segments of reading, discussion, activities, and games give every attention span the chance to learn and relearn.
Just like a real family struggles to challenge the teens while keeping the 3 year old focused.
Meeting 3 weeks of each month encourages us to know there are other families working at generational discipleship with us.
Just like all busy families need accountability, we are helped to stay on track knowing each week begins a new story.
Legacy Path is a plan for helping parents make lifelong disciples by marking milestones of spiritual growth in their child.
Every family at Gospel receives a Starter Kit box with the resources and explanation for Milestones 1, 2, & 3 inside. Each of the other Milestone resources are handed out at the scheduled parent training sessions. View an overview sermon here.
Event: Decision to repent and be saved
Celebration: encouraged to not have one
Resource: How To Lead a Child to Christ booklet
Event: Student begins 5th grade
Celebration: road trip
Helps: Preparing for Adolescence (Dobson)
Event: birth/adoption of the child
Celebration: Parent Dedication in service
Resource: Long Story Short book (10 minute daily family devotional)
Make Your Faith Public
Celebration: Family Party after baptism service
Resources: Teaching Video and Worksheet
Additional Sermon Helps
Event: commitment to sexual purity
Celebration: commitment ceremony & ring
Helps: Preparing Children For Marriage (Mulvihill)