Monday, February 1, 2010

Connecting With Parents

I often have conversations with church leaders about how to minister to parents. Here are some ideas:

Busy drop off and pick up times may be the only opportunity you have to connect with parents. That’s why LifeWay Kids offers several affordable resources to help your ministry to kids extend past the classroom and into the home.

First, make good use of the learner pages offered in the Bible Teaching for Kids curriculum. Kids can take them home and review them with their parents. This helps keep parents involved in what their children are learning on Sunday morning.

Then, use the following devotional magazines to wrap up your kids’ Sunday morning experience. Each age-specific devotional encourages daily Bible reading and reinforces the week’s lesson at home. $4.65 per quarter (3 issues).

More (1st and 2nd Graders)

Adventure (3rd and 4th Graders)

Bible Express (5th and 6th Graders)

Also, see Parent2Parent Network for weekly KISS Connections (Kids in Sunday School).

Other excellent outreach tools include:

Each monthly issue gives parents practical ideas, devotionals for families, and insights to help them meet the responsibilities and joys of parenting. Order 3 monthly issues for $4.65.

The Parent Adventure
This helpful book teaches moms and dads how to prepare their kids for a lifetime with God.

Check out the new Spanish edition of Parent Adventure for only $11.95, La aventura de ser padres.

Indelible Parenting
This 4 session study based on Deuteronomy 6 is especially for parents of teens.

Also, FREE Parent Meeting plans are available for Student Ministry leaders as part of the KNOWN Strategy.

Living with Teenagers
This magazine is a great way to encourage and equip parents 24/7/365.

Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!