Faith Stepping Stones
Most of us plan ahead for life-changing events in our lives. We would be surprised if parents did not plan ahead for the first few days with their child. They thought about bonding with their new child, reading guidebooks about parenting, setting up their child’s room, and more. But then something happens. Or rather, lots of somethings happen. Life – schedules – panic – more! For most families, faith tends to be more of an afterthought. Some people would say – no part of parenting is easy. Parenting will always be a messy dance of art and science.
Resurrection wants to partner with parents during this messy and awkward journey! Throughout significant milestones in a child’s life we invite parents who have children in similar age to talk, to have support, and to learn specific faith practices. These milestones are key points in a child’s life between the cradle and high school graduation.
Following the last session of each stone, we invite parents and children to the altar for a blessing and prayer. This blessing is a significant way for Resurrection disciples to demonstrate our partnership in this endeavor of parenting in a faith community.
Baby is where parents learn and commit to faith practices in their home with their child(ren). They commit to one another to bless their children each night before turning out the lights.
Toddlers is where parents and child(ren) learn to say prayers together. Encouraging their toddler to talk with God, even if it seems mumbled.
Entry into School
Beginning school is where children entering school and parents learn to share Highs & Lows. What was the best part of your day, what was the worst part of your day, where did you see Jesus in your day? Keeping the lines of communication open between parent and child with faith practices will keep the relationship close during those teen years.
My Bible is where children in the 3rd grade and parents learn to read and highlight a bible together. Resurrection believes in providing children with a Bible, but we also want to encourage reading the Bible.
Surviving Adolescence (5th graders)
Youth and parents learn and commit to the art of open communication during these next few crazy years. They recommit to one another to continue with the Faith Five: Sharing Highs & Lows, reading a verse from God’s Word, talking about our day, praying for one another, and blessing one another.
Confirmation (9th graders)
Youth, parents, and a faith mentor look at their confession, their confirmation, and their call as a baptized child of God. They also recommit to one another to continue with the Faith Five: Sharing Highs & Lows, reading a verse from God’s Word, talking about our day, praying for one another, and blessing one another.
Graduation Blessing (12th graders)
Seniors and their parents look back on God’s blessings, look forward to graduation, and look to the future of their new callings.