For the past several months, our Family Ministry staff team has met to brainstorm and process what Family Ministry could look like at our church. Two key elements that remain at the center of our discussions are (1) we believe that parents should be the primary influence in their children’s lives and (2) our role as a church is to come alongside families and equip them to be that primary spiritual influence through intentional programming and resources.
I recently took a look at materials from Be:Kids, a fairly new organization that provides free family devotions to use throughout the week to encourage parents to be involved in discipleship within the home. Be:Kids co-founder Meredith Chapuis asked me to take a look at the free resources that they provide for this purpose.
According to their website, Be:Kids’ mission is to partner with the collective church to raise up the future generation of leaders in our community and around the world by cultivating character and confidence in Christ. To teach children to walk in the light of the truth, be rooted deeply in love, encourage each other, embrace their individuality, and to seek God’s will above all else. Their three goals are:
- Equip and Empower Parents To Live On Mission;
- Invade Communities With Love; and
- Make A Generational Change In Society
There are a few facets to their ministry that I love:
Be: Inspired (Blog)
Their blog encourages parents with scripture, reminders about what’s important and prayers. They also feature real families who share their stories of discipling their children.
Be: Intentional (Devotions)
Each week, a new family devotional plan is published. Included are:
- The week’s ‘focus’
- A memory verse
- Lunch box notes
- Conversation starters
- An application activity
- Scripture passages, brief devotional and prayer
What I love is the action plan that comes with the weekly devotional. Sometimes parents who desire to lead a devotional time with their children don’t always know how to do it. And the printable lunch box notes look amazing!
Click the #Be Box image above to take a peek at what was included in January’s box.
Check out the resources for yourself & tell them Kathie sent ya! You can also connect with Be:Kids to stay informed of new resources when they become available.