The Family Table
Feeding the Faith of LEFC Families
TFT: You Need a News Coach
Dear LEFC Parents,
We’re one month away from the LEFC Wild Game Dinner with outdoorsman Mark Ledford. Some of our families use it every year as a chance to do something fun and inspirational together–especially fathers and sons who love the great outdoors. Consider how you might get involved–even to serve alongside each other.
Here are some other key things to keep in mind this week:
Worldview Training for Youth
The youth group meets again TONIGHT to learn more about how to discuss Christianity with their friends. You are invited to come with them!
The Gospel Project at Home
Today’s Bible Study: Saul Sinned and Was Rejected (Volume 3, Unit 10, Lesson 3). Show your kids the lesson video as a review and reinforcement.
And for Dessert…This week’s resource for family discipleship is “Concurrently: The News Coach Podcast,” a brand new audio resource from World News Group.
I (Pastor Matt) wish we had had a “News Coach” when we were raising our kids. There are so many daunting headlines rushing at us every day, and we need help to slow down, make careful observations, analyze things from a biblical perspective, and confidently respond with faith and not fear.
Kelsey Reed is the “News Coach,” and in each episode of Concurrently, along with her co-host Jonathan Boes, she tackles current events in the news and helps parents with “tools and tips for cultivating news literacy and a non-anxious learning environment through a Christian worldview.”
I (Pastor Matt) have listened to all 6 episodes so far and think they are very thoughtful and helpful:
– Extraordinary times call for ordinary measures
– TikTok influencers and the weight of glory
– Video gaming and creation rhythms
– A process for evaluating shifting words and meanings
– ChatGPT and the gift of work
– Mental health crisis and means of grace
Check it out and tell us what you think. We hope your family eats it up.
Matt Mitchell, Pastor
Holly Crumrine, 2023 Family Ministries Coordinator
EXPLAINER: THE GOSPEL PROJECT AT HOME
For the last several years, our Children’s Church ministry has utilized The Gospel Project as our Bible study curriculum. The Gospel Project is really excellent–it takes our Little Learners and Bible Explorers chronologically through the whole Bible over the course of three years while always focusing on Jesus as the center of the big story. If your student was in Little Learners or Bible Explorers this morning, they received a coloring page and take-home sheet that corresponds to this lesson. You have also been given a full-color Big Picture Card that you can use to reinforce the lesson with your child, as well.
To reinforce what your kids are learning each week in Children’s Church, you can now access The Gospel Project At Home online. Each week in this email, there will be a link to follow to get this free resource which includes:
1. A guide to using the Gospel Project at Home.
2. Scripture to read and discuss with a recap video of the Bible Story (Preschool and/or Elementary).
3. Scripture memory verses and a song to sing together.
4. Prayer prompts and family activities that correspond to the lesson.
Please consider setting aside at least 10-15 minutes once a week for a family devotional time using this resource as a guide. We are hoping The Gospel Project At Home will help keep all of our LEFC kids “on the same page,” and feed their faith in Jesus.
This might be especially helpful if for some reason your child has to miss a week of Children’s Church. You can show them the Bible story video to keep them up to speed on what the other children are learning.
**Note: The first time you access the link, you will need to register a free account with Lifeway’s Ministry Grid. This will also provide you ongoing access through the “training” tab to many other discipleship resources including the Gospel Project at Home for previous weeks. Many hours of excellent things to absorb for free!