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For Families

Resource List

Gethsemane desires to partner with parents in the faith formation of our young people. Here you will find quality resource suggestions, such as books, videos, apps, etc. that will help you to share the love of God in your family.

Websites

Vibrant Faith @ Home   Articles and resources for the faith minded families.

FAITH5  Presents 5 family practices that help to bring your family together every night and focused on God every day. The 5 practices are Share (the highs and lows of your day) – Read (a verse or story in the Bible) – Talk (about how you might apply the Bible to your highs and lows) – Pray (about the highs and lows) – Bless (one another). The website has resources and further description on how to bring these practices into your family rhythm.

ParentFurther  Housing a ton of resources from articles, videos, and 9 key parenting strategies, ParentFurther seeks to assist parent’s with kids 0-18 in their parenting journey.

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Books

Opening Your Child’s Spiritual Windows By Cheri Fuller.  “Twelve spiritual windows open at different times and in different ways. Each is a vital part of your child’s spiritual journey through four important areas of growth: enjoying God, loving God, following God, and serving God. You can strengthen these areas in your child by learning how to respond to the: Enjoying God Window – Wonder Window – Worship Window – Loving God Window – Bible Window – Prayer Window – Ownership Window – Obedience Window – Church Window – Joy of Helping Window – Spiritual Gifts Window – Heritage Window.” (Amazon description)

The Family: A Christian Perspective On The Contemporary Home by Judith Balswick & Jack Balswick.  “Covering every issue that affects family life-marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society-The Family is a proven comprehensive resource for studying this most established of human institutions.” (Amazon description)

Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman.  Engagingly written and practical. Real life situations and real life, effective solutions from a Christian psychologist and author.

Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God by Sybil MacBeth.  Kid Edition available. This resource breaks prayer out of the traditional box and involves coloring, art, and creativity in our communication with God. This is especially helpful for kinesthetic learners, those who are easily distracted, and folks who are more visual. (a Vibrant Faith resource)

Family Faith Walks by Kelly Haack.  Explore your community and incorporate God into your everyday life and activities. (a Vibrant Faith resource)

For Everything A Season: 75 Blessings for Daily Life by the Nilsen Family.  The blessings provided in this book cover a wide variety of life’s happenings… from Seasons of the Year, Seasons of our Lives, Seasons of Relationships, Seasons of Christ’s Life, to Seasons of the Church Year. Copies of this book are located in the CYFM Office, contact Jennilee Porch for more info.

 

Apps

Faith@Home Prayer App. Provides simple prayers you can engage in with your kids throughout the day. Covers prayer for morning to evening, including car time and meal time. You can find this app through GooglePlay or the AppleAppStore.

Vibrant Faith @ Home App. A mobile app that brings all the resources of the Vibrant Faith @ Home website to your phone. Great articles and resources. Find this at GooglePlayAppleAppStore, and WindowsPhoneApps.

 

Videos

Love&Logic: How to Discipline Your Children Without Losing their Love and RespectWith this DVD, you will enjoy watching beloved storyteller and parenting expert, Jim Fay, as he speaks to parents, educators, and community leaders about how to discipline kids without losing their love or respect.

This DVD teaches:

  • Two simple rules for raising respectful, responsible kids
  • How to take good care of yourself
  • How to teach and build character
  • How to get kids to listen the first time
  • And much more

[This DVD is available at the church. Contact Brandee if you would like to borrow it.]



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