The Family Table
Feeding the Faith of LEFC Families
The Family Table – January 1, 2023
January 1, 2023
Dear LEFC Parents,
Happy New Year!
I pray that 2023 will be a year of wonderful spiritual growth for you and your family. It’s a privilege to come alongside you as you try to impress God’s Word on the hearts and minds of your kids. Please let us know how LEFC Family Ministries can better help you to make disciples in your home in the coming year.
The Gospel Project at Home
Today, our Children’s Church continued their Bible study in The Gospel Project with Volume 3, Unit 9, Lesson 2 – “God Used Samson.” Follow this link to find resources for a family devotional time based on this lesson. [Free one-time registration required.]
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.
Worldview Training for Youth
“Ideas Have Consequences.” Keith Hurley and his team are continuing to offer a worldview training class for youth (grades 7-12) in the upstairs Youth Room every other Sunday evening at 7:00pm. The class starts again on January 8th. Parents are always invited to participate, too!
And for Dessert…
This week’s recommended resource is a room at church–the library!
When was the last time you and your kids checked out a book from the church library? We have lots of really good books for kids of all ages. Heather Mitchell regularly orders new materials: picture books, Bible story books, devotionals, biographies, graphic novels, adventure stories, and a whole lot more aimed at feeding the faith of the next generation. We also have books on Christian parenting and answers to questions that many people have. And it’s all free!
Here’s an idea: Take home books that you think you might order your own copy of as a test-run.
The library is open whenever the church doors are unlocked. The checkout system is very simple–just put your name on the card and drop it in the box. Return the books when your family is done with them by placing them in the basket. The entire catalog is also online! Check now to see if the book you are looking for is in our holdings. Let Heather know if you want to suggest the church purchase a particular new book. The church library is an under-used asset for family discipleship. I hope your family eats it up.
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!