Here’s some news on the family ministry front. Here’s a press release from Group Publishing concerning a new product that ties into their Faith Weaver line of curriculum.

New Curriculum Helps Parents Develop a Spiritual Foundation for Their Kids

Loveland, CO—For years, parents have been encouraged to take an active role in their child’s spiritual development, but oftentimes the primary responsibility falls on the shoulders of the church. In many cases, it’s because parents don’t know where to turn.

“Although many parents desire that their children develop spiritually, my experience shows that about 60 percent of parents aren’t doing anything at home to help build their children’s spiritual lives,” says Christine Yount Jones, executive editor of Children’s Ministry magazine. “I think this is because parents often lack confidence and don’t have a place to go to learn.”

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 children’s spiritual growth.

The new small group curriculum, which launches this fall in churches around the country, is part of Group’s FaithWeaver® 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.

“For example,” says Yount Jones, “one 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 children’s lives throughout the week, focusing on this particular area.”

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 Churches interested in ordering the materials for a small group can visit 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