Monday, February 15, 2010

Annual Family Journey in Faith Report

This year I decided to do an Annual Report for our Family Ministry as well - Family Journey in Faith.  Catch up on what's happening with FJIF!

Purpose of FJIF
Family Journey in Faith was started a little over 3 years ago as a ministry to families to encourage, inspire and equip parents to intentionally disciple their children in the home – not just at church!

Take-It Home Events
The primary way we attempt to accomplish that goal is through monthly Take-It Home events.  These events bring together kids of a specific age/grade and their parents to practice one way to pass along faith to their children.  Usually, a resource is given to the kids to help them take the Take [the practice] Home.  You can see the complete schedule online

The Journey Newsletter
I am also excited to announce that the FJIF team also recently released the 1st issue of The Journey newsletter to encourage parents to keep up fighting the fight in passing on their faith.  This unique blend of resources, encouragement and advice from church leaders and parents is available on the CWMC website.  We are even using pictures of some of our own Colonial Woods’ kids, so check it out!

Mark Holmen Event
Another event I am excited about, coming May 1st & 2nd, is in partnership with the Missionary Church’s Michigan District’s Family And Children Team (F.A.C.T.), Mark Holmen and Focus on the Family, called Faith @ Home Church Seminar.  There will be a time of training for church leaders and pastors on Saturday AND a parenting workshop on Sunday, May 2nd, from 5-7 PM.  This will be a great opportunity for parents to gain valuable insight on how to pass their faith onto their children.  Be on the lookout for details.

Visionary Parenting Conference
Another exciting opportunity I am excited to introduce to you is a weekend Conference FJIF is sponsoring February 18th & 19th, 2011 called Visionary Parenting.  This conference will be for all parents of Colonial Woods – infants through high schoolers – who wish to take the first step, continue, or rise up a level in the discipleship of your children.  

Dr. Rob Rienow from Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, IL will be our featured speaker.  He will be presenting 5 Visions for how we can create a God-centered Home as we seek to make disciples of our kids.  There will also be times of connections with other parents over desert (Friday evening) and lunch (Saturday afternoon).  Check out the brochures at the information booth or contact the Children’s Ministry office for details.

Calendar of Events
April 18th          Kindergarten Take-It Home Event
May 1 & 2       Faith @ Home Church Seminar
May 16th          2nd Grade Take-It Home Event
June 6th            Elevate Family Worship Event
Sept 19th          3rd Grade Take-It Home Event
Oct 17th           1st Grade Take-It Home Event
Nov 21st           3 Year Old Take-It Home Event
Dec 5th             Elevate Family Worship Event
Feb 18 & 19    Visionary Parenting Conference

Future Vision
The possibilities for Family Journey in Faith are virtually endless as CW strives to be a church that encourages, inspires and equips parents to carry out their Biblical role of discipling their children.  Our hope is to see FJIF continue to expand into areas such as a Family Mission Trip, continued Family Worship opportunities, Parent-on-Parent mentoring, and so on.  Watch and see what God does!!!

In His Service,
Dean L. Butterfield
Director of Children’s Ministries

1 comment:

  1. I am most thankful for the take it home events. They have really inspired and boosted our family time at home. Kuddos on the newsletter as well- great read, great tips!