Even children and youth who regularly attend church and Christian formation typically spend no more than 2-4 hours at church each week. Children’s first and primary faith mentors are their parents or guardians. This means that faith is primarily formed in the home. Here are some resources for helping families journey in faith together.
Building Faith is an extensive formation website curated by Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) that includes a section on faith resources for the home. New articles are posted regularly and faith leaders and parents can choose to receive email notifications when items are added.
Grow Christians is a “community of disciples practicing faith at home.” The group blog consists of reflections, stories, images, and recipes from Episcopalians all over, inspiring families to celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.
Choosing a Children’s Bible
Did you grow up saying the same prayer at mealtime? Did you ever wish you knew more? This book of meal-time prayers can sit upright on your table, allowing you to flip through the 30 diverse prayers from a variety of sources including the Book of Common Prayer, St. Augustine’s Prayer Book, and the Bible. Interspersed are traditional English, Jewish, and African graces. Read more >
By Jerome Berryman
In his latest book, the creator of Godly Play, Jerome Berryman, talks about nourishing faith through storytelling in the home: the importance of storytelling; how to present stories of God at home, weaving them together with one’s family stories; and reading classical children’s books, looking for connections between them and the stories of God. This book invites families to set aside intentional time for sharing stories and conversation, opening up the creative process and making meaning together.
By Traci Smith
Faithful Families encourages families to add spiritual practices into their daily life, with a focus on transforming everyday moments into sacred moments.
By Wendy Mogel
How do kids find grace and security in an increasingly complex world? How do we combat overindulgence, over-scheduling, and overprotection? This a great parenting book that focuses on raising kids who are self-reliant and resilient, while encouraging attitudes of respect and gratitude. Mogel uses basic lessons of the Jewish faith and tradition to teach life skills and values.
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By Wendy M. Wright and Santa Murphy, illustrator
A book that’s great for that Sunday afternoon (or bed time or anytime) read with the family.
By Margaret Persky
This is a great idea mine for incorporating the liturgical calendar into our “out of church” lives.
By David Robinson
St. Benedict’s very practical rule of life for a monastery (everything, from prayer to laundry, eating to gardening, is done with a heart oriented toward God) is applied to life in a family.