We talk a lot about parents and grandparents having the primary role in discipling their children and grand children, but you may be wondering what are some resources that can help you do that. Well here are some that have been tried or recommended. The main thing we want to encourage is families taking time each week to stop, be together, and spend time learning about God in a way that changes our hearts and draws us closer to God and to each other. 

 

 The Jesus Storybook Bible

Jesus storybook bible

Containing forty-six Bible stories from creation to Revelation with beautiful, rich, and vibrant artwork,The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures and discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation – and at the center of their story, too. Read a story each night at dinner time or bedtime and enjoy learning God’s word together. Watch the video below to find out more and the Cathedral has copies to borrow.

 

Leading Little Ones to God

leading little ones to god

Using simple, conversational language, this classic volume discusses such matters as the nature of God, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the church, prayer, and the Second Coming. Widely used by teachers and parents this book is a little dated but has good content. Each day there is a teaching to be read, some questions to ask, a song to sing (if you know it!), and a prayer to pray. My parents used this with our family when I was growing up, so I asked them to give us a copy for our daughter’s baptism and we have been working through it since. There are about 80 devotions in all. I do change some of the old language in the prayers but you may want to keep it.
You can buy it here.

Family devotions from the Prayer Book

1979 book of common prayerThe 1979 Book of Common Prayer has a great section in it called ‘Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families’. Click here and then select ‘The Daily Office’. Next select ‘Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families’. Here you will find brief liturgies that can be used in the morning, at lunch time, at dinner time or at bed time. They can take as little as 5 minutes, or as long as 15-20 minutes if you add some singing, prayer requests and a longer bible reading/devotional. It’s up to you. Click below to see a PDF of the dinner time version that you are welcome to print.

Brief form of Evening Prayer

Awana at Home: JellyTelly Edition

awana at home2Try out this parent kit with family faith night activities. It’s done in partnership with Phil Vischer of JellyTelly, who also made Veggie Tales, and comes with a DVD and magazine with 24 lessons. And if you have never checked out JellyTelly, you are in for a treat!

The Cathedral has a copy of this and you are welcome to borrow it, or you can buy it online here.

 

What’s in the Bible? DVD Series

What's in the bible
Speaking of JellyTelly… Coming to you from the creators of Veggie Tales, ‘What’s In The Bible?’ tells the story of God’s Great Rescue Plan from Genesis to Revelation, with wacky characters, memorable songs, and a healthy dose of humor that appeals to kids and parents alike. In 26, 30 minute episodes they cover it all. I was so impressed with one episode on the wisdom literature in scripture that I gave a copy to my seminary professor! You could watch one or two each week and then talk about them with your kids. The Cathedral owns all 13 DVDs (26 episodes) and you are welcome to borrow them.

See a clip here.

 

One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters

One yearGetting the kids to turn off the TV and video games is challenge enough—let alone gathering as a family to read and discuss the Bible! One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters helps families start where they are already gathered together on a daily basis—around the dinner table. As the meal comes to a close, family members can take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes. The result is a meaningful daily discussion in which every family member can participate, drawing the whole family closer to God . . . and each other.

 

Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home

six_sacred_rules_for_families_a_spirituality_for_the_homeThis is not a devotional book, but is a good thing to read if you are interested in growing young disciples.

Tim and Sue Muldoon bring a wealth of experience as parents, spiritual guides, and religious educators to a practical book for parents that offers six sacred rules for integrating faith formation into everyday family life.

This basic guide to family spirituality not only provides parents with the practical tools they need but also offers the refreshing perspective that faith is not about adding to our to-do lists. Rather, it means doing what we already do with a new attentiveness. Drawing from the treasury of Ignatian spirituality and the breadth of Catholic tradition, the Muldoons present six sacred rules that encourage, stretch, and revitalize family faith—helping parents give their children basic lessons in learning to pray, deepening love, widening faith, and cultivating a spiritual vision of life.

 

Our 24 Family Ways

our 24 family waysThanks to the Myers family for this recommendation!

“This parent-friendly, Bible-centered family time resource seamlessly weaves together devotional interaction with discipleship instruction for the whole family.”

You can purchase a copy here.