Congratulations! You want to make faith part of your family’s everyday activities. It’s an important and exciting task. However, if you’re feeling a little unsure of where to start, you’re not alone. Many parents, grandparents and Godparents are left wondering how to go about this, and if they’re really equipped for the job. The good news is: you are!
No matter the age of the children you care for, as an adult in their lives you have the opportunity to make a difference in their faith journey by being authentic, available and affirming; a Triple A Christian adult.
Authentic: Be yourself. Be real. Be honest. Available: Be there for your children, make the relationship a priority. Affirming: Affirm their gifts and notice how God is at work in their lives (out loud).
These are the characteristics of adults who have a big impact on faith and you are invited to become a Triple A Christian adult for the children and youth in your life. Notice that having all the answers is not one of the required characteristics. We are all disciples who are learning and growing in our faith, and it’s okay not to know all the answers. Feel free to say that you’re not sure about something. Find out together, do some research or ask a friend or your pastor.
Vibrant Faith @ Home has resources for families of all shapes and sizes to start incorporating faith practices into family routine. Family activities are available in six categories; each is a vital part of nurturing faith.
Caring Conversation Ritual & Tradition Prayer Bible Story Serving Others Learning About Faith
You will find a simple how-to video for each category.
It’s never too late to start incorporating these activities into your family life. So jump in! Try one. Some activities will bring about amazing God-moments. Others may not produce that same feeling, but keep at it, you never know how the Holy Spirit may be at work. And remember, you’re not alone on this journey; God is with you every step of the way. So what better way to begin than with prayer?
God of all creation, thank you for putting children in my life, especially ________________, and giving me the opportunity to teach them about you. Help me to be authentic, available and affirming. Give me the courage and confidence to initiate family routines that focus us all on you and bring attention to the many ways you are at work in each of us. Amen.