New Curriculum Helps Parents Develop a Spiritual Foundation for Their Kids
Loveland, COâ€”For years, parents have been encouraged to take an active role in their childâ€™s spiritual development, but oftentimes the primary responsibility falls on the shoulders of the church. In many cases, itâ€™s because parents donâ€™t know where to turn.
â€œAlthough many parents desire that their children develop spiritually, my experience shows that about 60 percent of parents arenâ€™t doing anything at home to help build their childrenâ€™s spiritual lives,â€ says Christine Yount Jones, executive editor of Childrenâ€™s Ministry magazine. â€œI think this is because parents often lack confidence and donâ€™t have a place to go to learn.â€
As churches are looking for ways to equip parents to apply spiritual teaching in their everyday parenting, Group Publishing in Loveland, CO, has developed special small group curriculum for parents to meet that need. The curriculum is designed specifically to give parents the tools they need to guide and encourage their childrenâ€™s spiritual growth.
The new small group curriculum, which launches this fall in churches around the country, is part of Groupâ€™s FaithWeaverÂ® line of resources, which includes classes for all ages and has been successfully used in more than 25,000 churches nationwide since 1999. While parents are attending their small group, their children attend classes designed for them. Each week, everyone studies and discusses the same Bible point at an age-appropriate level.
â€œFor example,â€ says Yount Jones, â€œone week the children might learn how they can rely on God. At the same time, the parents are taught how to help their children rely on God. Parents learn how to do this in practical ways and share ideas with other parents in their group. Now they can go home and weave faith teaching into their childrenâ€™s lives throughout the week, focusing on this particular area.â€
Other Bible points that the fall small group curriculum will cover include selflessness versus selfishness, showing true kindness, seeking wisdom during parenting challenges, and faithfulness. Group plans to introduce a new set of Bible points each quarter. Each meeting includes a lesson from the Bible on the point being presented, as well as extensive discussion and application time.
Parents interested in joining a small group can ask their local church for additional information or visit faithweaver.com. Churches interested in ordering the materials for a small group can visit faithweaver.com or check out their local Christian bookstore. Materials will be available in June.
About the Product
FaithWeaver Parent Small Group
Quarterly Parent Leader Guide: $9.99; ISBN: 9780764447471
Quarterly Parent Handbook: $5.29; ISBN: 9780764447488
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