This week we looked at the Introduction and Lesson 1- Benign Whateversim. The hand out below gives you some of the highlights of the chapters, the book will give you more information to fill in the holes throughout the week.
One of the items we had some conversations about, but was not in the book, surrounds the idea of the Faith Tools. As a church we have become really good at giving families tools to use. Whether it is devotions, study ideas, take home sheets, etc. We often times miss the need for families/parents/guardians to learn how to use these resources or to become comfortable talking about faith in the home.
We spent a few minutes at the end of the session talking about "Roadblocks" when it comes to talking about faith in the home. Here is a list of things which came up:
Each week we will talk about and process how your Faith Tool activity/discussion went. This will give us a chance as parent/guardians to bounce ideas off of one another and to gain perspective from other parents/guardians.
Who is God?
One of the ways to get faith conversations going is to ask questions. Questions ignite discussions and give you a chance to explain your faith journey to your student. Questions also give students opportunities to express their faith, and their doubt as well. When we engage students in faith conversations through questions, we should be prepared for a variety of potential topics. If you ask a child or youth a question, then you should be prepared to receive a question in return. If you do, you have started a conversation. Consider exploring the following questions with your students sometime this week. Youth might want to bring up a question while you're on your way to school or to the store. Or, consider bringing up one of these questions after dinner.
The reality is this may fail at bringing any meaningful conversation. But it will allow your student to know the conversation can happen when/if they are ever ready for it. Be ready to say "I don't know," to some of the questions. Send me an email with any questions you may not have considered and I'll try to locate some resources for you to check out!
We will use this space as a follow-up to our Sunday morning discussions. If you're unable to make it to one of the Sunday morning discussions we'll also post a brief summary here as well as some specific questions or activities you can do with your family.
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