Holy Week at Home 2020
Here's a guide for families with young children for Holy Week activities at home from the Building Faith blog from the Mennonite Early Childhood Educators Network.
Lent At Home 2020
Show Us, this year's Lent At Home booklet for families, focuses scriptures in which people have questions for God, questions people still have today. For six weeks from Advent through Epiphany, this little booklet will guide your family through scriptures, prayers and activities that help you “wait and wonder” together in faith. There is a daily Bible reading, a short daily litany, activity suggestions and questions to ponder together. Do the parts that fit your life or everything suggested. Brought to you by Anabaptist Faith Formation Network in cooperation with Common Word Bookstore and Resource Centre. These devos go with the worship resources in Leader magazine.
Shine On is a Bible story book that accompanies the Shine Sunday School curriculum for children. All the Bible stories covered in Sunday School, plus a few more, are included. Each one has questions to ponder with your child to make the Bible story relevant to your child. The story Bible and the questions accompanying each story provide a wonderful tool to talk with your child about God. Remember to pray together after each story! También disponible en español, titulado "Resplandece."
Bible memory verses
Here are the Bible memory verses from the Shine curriculum for Early Childhood through Junior Youth.
Music has the power to shape the listener. Play music in the background as children play, to encourage quiet time, to entertain in the car and to sing together. Check out Bryan Moyer Suderman’s SmallTall Music CDs.
"Four Keys" to nurturing faith at home
What works the best to instill faith in your children? These four things: Family worship, caring conversations, family service and rituals & traditions. Learn more.
Vibrant Faith at Home
You will find many practical ways to talk about faith at home at VibrantFaithatHome.org. Operated by Vibrant Faith Ministries, this web site is a gold mine of ideas for parents for teaching faith to their children. Check it out!
Weekly household devotions
Bible reading charts
My Bible Reading Chart. Designed for early readers, this free download lists 100 favorite Bible verses selected for young children. Fun tips and challenges get kids excited about Bible reading, and a chart provides an easy way to track their Bible reading progress. Purchase one per child ages 6-9.
Dig into the Bible: A Reading Chart. Fun facts and tips guide reading and motivate older kids to learn even more about the Bible while they chart their progress on an easy-to-follow grid. Includes a list of suggested Bible memory passages. Ages 10-13.
Let the Children Come to Me
Explore together with your children the stories and practices that will form you as Jesus' disciples in the Anabaptist tradition. This winsome 60-page book is structured around 12 Anabaptist faith practices: Scripture reading, prayer, community, bearing witness, service to one another, worship, nonviolence, steadfast faith, the centrality of Christ, communion, believers baptism, and stewardship.
Each faith practice is developed as a short unit (the equivalent of two page-spreads) and explored through stories from Anabaptist-Mennonite history—one from the sixteenth century and one contemporary, global story. These stories are accompanied by scripture passages, conversation-starters, prayers, and multiple options for family activities. $18.95 paperback.
Devotionals for all ages
Take our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book for Ordinary Time
A four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer services prepared for the period in the church year between Pentecost and Advent. The services focus on the teaching and ministry of Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ miracles. 384 pages. $24.99 hardcover or $10.49 for Kindle. Also available as a free app.
Take our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book for Advent through Pentecost
This second volume includes prayers for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. Like first volume, the words of the prayers are mostly taken from scripture, and each service includes a Psalm, a Gospel text, another scripture text and a song from scripture. 928 pages. $34.99 hardcover or $12.49 for Kindle. Also available as a free app.
Rejoice! Daily Devotional Readings
Each day’s entry includes a scripture reading, a short inspirational message, and a prayer of response. An additional prayer guide with requests representing Mennonite mission workers, schools and church agencies is included in the back. Published quarterly. $7.75 for a booklet and $5.50 for download. Annual individual subscription $30.55; bulk subscription $22.45.
Now it Springs Up: Spiritual Insights for Every Day A daily guide for reflection and prayer by Carol Duerksen, Michelle Hershberger and Laurie Oswald Robinson.
Each entry includes an invitation to prayer and to action; each week features two entries designated for families and children. In these pages are confession and repentance, wonder and awe, honest doubts and perplexing questions, and delightful flashes of humor. 460 pages.$17.95 at Amazon.com
Missio Dei Breviary by Missio Dei, Minneapolis, Minn.
A four-week cycle of morning and evening prayers. Scripture texts focus on the Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s parables, Jesus’ words in John, and Mark’s passion account. The reflections demonstrate a missional commitment to place and a focused commitment to social justice within an Anabaptist theological perspective. Used by the Missio Dei community to shape the rhythms of their shared life. 159 pages.$14.50 at Amazon.com or $3.99 on Kindle.