Faith in Homes

Sharing - fun family prayer time

Say you’re going to be a little part of (name your church) church at home today. Before you begin, can everyone go and find something they can share with everyone else here today. It could be something to eat, a favourite story, a YouTube clip, a meme, a joke (if you must). You’ve got 1 minute to bring it back here… Light a candle and pray: With the light of this candle, we remember the light of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, you are here with us now and also with our friends and family in their homes today.

Mothering Sunday at home

When you can’t GO to Messy Church, don’t forget that together we ARE Messy Church. That’s right, the people, us. Messy Church is not a gathering once or so a month, it’s us, the people, and we’re most certainly not shutting up shop. Today we focus on a really important part of Messy Church: mothers! And by this we mean everyone who mothers us, whether they’re related or not.

Minibook - the red one

It's here! Family Jesus Time is up for grabs and the BRF gnomes are poised at the warehouse, eagerly awaiting your order. (Maybe not gnomes: warehouses are a mystery to me. Could be pixies.) This is a happy minibook. Jane, Martyn and I enjoyed pulling it together and arguing about what discipleship means. How many family discipleship books have you got which feature a holy hat? How many of those theological hardbacks on your shelf mention washing an elephant? 

Discipleship Pilot: the 'faith at home' bit

I hope by now you’ve seen the easy-to-use Discipleship Pilot we’ve created for Messy Churches. It’s a simple and straightforward tool to get your team talking about what you might do to make and grow disciples in your Messy Church. In this short blog, I’ll focus on the first suggestion in it: that of making disciples by encouraging families to do faith in their homes. In following blogs, we’ll look at the other suggestions.

Encouraging families to live out faith in the home: part 2

The guide is for families and churches to give you some reassurance about how to get started with Christianity in the home. Getting Started Take into account the following factors when offering support and resources to families: Appropriate language and content when selecting Bible stories There is a range of Bibles available for children and young adults. It is helpful if families can be given guidance as to what is appropriate for different age groups.

Encouraging families to live out faith in the home

The guide is for families and churches to give you some reasurrance before you start to talk about faith in the home.  Reassurance before starting Whatever a parent’s/carer’s level of knowledge, there are some important points to recognise at the start.

Evangelism with families

Please take for granted all the usual caveats about being wary of what we mean by a ‘family’. For the purposes of this blog, I mean a group of people of all ages living together and more or less dependent on each other and that might mean anything from a single dad and three children from different relationships to a step family, to a mum, dad and six children to a widowed grandparent bringing up a grandchild.

Where is church?

This link popped up on my Twitter Feed today (thank you Simon Bowkett) which states in its initial summary: 52% of Americans believe worshipping alone or with one’s family is a valid replacement for regularly attending church.

New exciting resource for faith in the home

Something to investigate for your Messy Church families, from Becky and Adam May at The Teasure Box People... The Treasure Box People are delighted that three months after their successful Kickstarter campaign, the opportunity to buy their Treasure Box is now here.

Gingerbread Nativity prize winners

Congratulations to Canford Parish Church, Wimborne, Dorset, Breakfast@9 group and St Catherine’s Church, Crook, County Durham! Both churches were inspired by Renita Boyle's Gingerbread Nativity book and baked, decorated and displayed their Nativity sets at crib festivals and services. Churches Together in Crook linked the idea with their Messy Nativity Sheep Trail.