March 2017: Creating Family Routines
Hey guys! Our Family Discipleship team has been working hard to help equip you as parents to disciple your children. It is our desire that you as parents would be the primary disciple makers in your homes. This month we want to try and create some family routines. For many with younger kids this is a nightly routine (dinner, bath, prayer, bed). For those with children in school it’s car time (car rider line, on the way to a sports practice or simply running errands around town). Either way, this month make an effort to use these existing times to ask questions that lead back to Jesus. Dig into your child(ren)’s life with questions like, “What was your favorite part of your day today?” By asking “what” instead of “how” you can keep them from a simple “good” response. Dig into their day and use that moment to either coach or encourage them! Join us by being intentional to find spaces to point your kid or student back to Jesus as you go.
For the month of March, we’re working to build into kids a love for others. Imagine with me, for a moment, a world filled with men and women who love others the way Jesus loves us. That’s what we want for our preschoolers. First, we will teach them that they can love others by helping. Jesus was always helping people—no matter who they were—and that’s what the Good Samaritan did too. Next, we’ll learn about sharing and the story of the guy who built bigger barns for his grain instead of sharing with people in need. We will learn that sharing is the way to go, when you have overflow! Then, we’ll talk about how we can still love others by sharing, even when we have a little. In fact, it’s an even bigger expression of love when we share out of our little, like the widow who shared two small coins. Lastly, the story of the prodigal son will teach us that we can love, no matter what, thanks to forgiveness. Be sure to click here for concrete ways to help your preschooler love those around them!
This month we will be learning that Forgiveness is a reflection of the character of God. Throughout Scripture, we are reminded about God’s grace and forgiveness. “God is faithful and just to forgive our sins.” (1 John 1:9) When our relationship with God was broken beyond repair, God offered His only Son as the way to forgive us and restore the broken relationship. We want RADIUS kids to know that since we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to offer forgiveness when people in our lives hurt us. God’s forgiveness towards us makes it possible to forgive others and work towards fixing our own relationships that break down from time to time. We want to better equip you as parents so click here to find ways you can lead conversations in your home!
Middle School Parents
Who are the people you enjoy hanging out with most? Your friends, right? They laugh at your jokes, reply to your Snapchats, invite you to the movies, and hang out with you, even when you smell bad or show off your terrible dance moves. And whether you have a huge group of friends or just one BFF, they can have a huge impact on who you are now and who you become later. Our group can sway us toward good decisions . . . or bad ones. There’s a lot of influence in who we hang out with, including our friends and people we look to for guidance. And there can be a lot of pain when a friendship ends. Perhaps that’s why the Bible has so much to say about these topics. As we look to the Bible for advice, we’ll discover how we should choose our friends and mentors, and how we should handle those friendships that fade over time. We want you to better equip you as parents so click here to find ways you can lead conversations in your home!
High School Parents
It’s always amazing to me how even from the beginning, God’s plans connect to us here today. In March the RADIUS High School students will be studying the life of Abraham. Through this we will be challenged to take a hard look at our sin, gain a better understanding of God’s plan that connects us to this story, learn what real faith looks like, and learn what it means for God to test our faith. We will be asking your student to read the passages of scripture before they come each week – so join us in starting the conversation at home before they come to our gathering on Sunday night! Click here to learn how you can lead in the conversation at home.