Have you heard about the Parenting for Faith Course? Maybe you are involved in a mum’s bible study group or lifegroup at your church and think it might be a good resource to use? Then have a read below of my own experiences running and taking part in a Parenting for Faith Course.
what is the parenting for faith course?
You might think its just a parenting course for Christians, but you would be completely wrong. I went into it thinking it would teach me normal parenting skills, things that will be useful to make sure I have “good Christian kids”, but that is the wrong idea entirely. The truth is that this course will teach you how to help your kids have an authentic faith of their own in the future. This course will help them to not just hang off your faith as the parents, but to truly get to know God for themselves. And if our kids know God and can manage that relationship with Him on their own, then when they reach the teenage years maybe they will just carry that on and turn to God when they go through the rough times. Doesn’t that sound like one of the most amazing things that we as Christian parents can do??!
how does it work?
The Parenting for Faith course is a free video based online course. This means that you can do it anytime, anywhere. You can do it on your own, or with a group of other parents, and you don’t really need to wait for church to organise it – just get on and do it!!! I have run this as part of our parents lifegroup that meets on a Wednesday morning in our church building. There are usually between 6 and 12 mums and the accompanying tots in attendance, so it can get a bit loud. We agreed to watch the videos in our own time before coming, and we then printed off the accompanying workbooks to go through together. There is a leaders workbook, but in my opinion it doesn’t add much than the participants workbooks, so we just go through the questions in their together. There is space to write if you want, and also some questions to think over at home after the session.
Are THE VIDEOS ANY GOOD?!
OK, so lets not beat around the bush. There are lots of resources out there we could use, and you don’t want to waste your time on things that aren’t going to work! But I can honestly say that the videos, as well as being free, are some of the most engaging Christian course videos I have ever seen. Rachel Turner speaks in a really easy way, and the videos have a good mix of visuals and filmed scenes to keep you interested. They are all around 25 minutes long, which makes them the perfect length for watching during midnight feeding sessions with babies (this has been road tested by some of our group!) or during nap time. So yes – they are pretty good!
Here is a little snippet of a video that shows you what they are like and a bit more about the concept:
how has it gone in our group?
Well we are currently on session 6 out of 8, so not quite at the end yet. But what has amazed me is how much I have learnt and how common sense it all is!! Sometimes you don’t see things until they are pointed out to you. There are lots of really practical ideas for different aged children, and most weeks there has been a technique that we have taken away to try with our kids at home. Even our kids pastor said that she hadn’t thought of things in that way before, and that it would be helpful for all the parents to be able to go through the course!
why should you do it?
I would highly recommend every parent, whether their child is a baby or older, to spend the time and do this course. If nothing else, it opens your eyes to the fact that we have to be intentional about teaching our children our faith, we cannot just leave it up to Sunday School to do that or else a real relationship will not flourish and when it comes to being their decision they will not know God for themselves. I pray that as I use the techniques I am learning from this, that my two boys will get to know God and be equipped to stand firm with Him in every situation they find themselves in. If that is your prayers for your kids too, then make sure you do this course. You can find all the information over on their website. Happy Parenting for Faith!
(p.s. if you need to persuade anyone at church about it or need some more persuasion yourself then check out the promo video here.)