Parent Meeting Plan

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Use this meeting plan to help parents learn to naturally pass on
their faith to their children.

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1. Tell Me More — (Before the meeting, write
this question where everyone can see it: “What’s one way you pass
on faith to your children at home?”) As parents arrive, have them
ask at least three other parents the question you wrote. When you
begin your meeting, ask parents to report at least one thing they
heard parents say. Encourage parents not to duplicate answers.

Read aloud Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Say: God has entrusted us with the
great responsibility of training our children in the ways of God.
Sometimes we can be unsure of how to do that. In this training
session, we’re going to discover that there are many easy
“as-we-go” ways to impart faith to our children.

2. A Weighty Matter — Ask: How many of you
understand the concept of gravity? Raise your hand.

Say: Find a partner. The partner with the most
red on, explain gravity to your partner in one minute. After one
minute, ask: How did it feel to explain gravity? Was it easy or
difficult to explain gravity? Explain. Turn to a partner and talk
about how this activity is like or unlike explaining your faith to
your children.

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After three minutes, ask for reports by saying: I’d like to hear
what you talked about.

Allow several parents to report their insights.

3. Busy Bees — (For every group of four
parents, write on separate slips of paper “sit down,” “walk,” “lie
down,” and “get up.” You’ll need enough sets for each parent to
have one slip. You’ll also need a copy of the “Faith-Nurturing Family Activities” article for
each parent.)

Give each parent a slip of paper and a copy of the article. Tell
parents to find people with the same action and form four different
groups. The catch is that they can’t speak; they have to perform
the actions on their slips of paper.

Once groups are formed, have parents discuss what parts of the
day fit these actions from Deuteronomy 6:6-9. For example,
“sitting” could be eating or watching TV. In their groups, have
parents read the article and discuss which ideas in the article fit
into their part of the day. Have them put a check mark by the ideas
they choose.

Have parents pair up with someone from a different group and
share what they learned as they read the article. Then say: Choose
one thing that you can do this week to naturally pass on your faith
to our children. Tell that thing to your partner. Then pray for
each other.

4. Light Up — Gather parents in a circle and
turn off the lights. Turn on a flashlight and point it at one
person in the circle. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the person,
saying at least one positive thing about the person’s
parenting.

Then hand the flashlight to that person and encourage him or her
to do the same thing for another person. Continue until everyone
has been prayed for. Once everyone has been prayed for, take the
flashlight and pray: Dear God, shine your light on us and help us
to reflect that light every day to our children. Amen.

(Note: If you’re using Group’s curriculum books or Hands-On
Bible Curriculum, tell parents that they’ve just experienced the
same kind of active and interactive learning that their kids
experience.)

Christine Yount Jones


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