Faith5 – Faith Acts In The Home
In teaching our children about faith, there are daily faith practices that can make your family stronger and healthier, in 10-20 minutes a day. The FAITH 5 connects church to home, faith to life, and parents to kids in a powerful way (and it works for those without kids too!)
Faith5 is at the foundation of our 3rd-5th grade classes and after worship conversations each week. Learn on Sundays and practice all week at home.
The five steps of the FAITH5 are:
Share highs and lows. Name something good and bad you experienced today. Can’t think of a personal one? Check out the headlines from the news and teach empathy and compassion for the broader world.
Read a verse from your Bible. Need suggestions? Pick up a Faith5 Six Week Intro page at church, use any devotional booklets, use Taking God’s Story Home bulletin inserts – or just open to any page.
Talk about how the verse relates to highs and lows. Unpack the verse a bit. What does it mean in your own words? How might it relate to where you are today in your highs and lows?
Pray for one another’s highs and lows, for your family, and for the world. Simply talk to God, thank Jesus for the good, and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in specific problems.
Bless one another. Trace the sign of the cross on one another’s forehead or palm as a reminder that you belong to God and to one another.
Founder of Faith5 Rev. Rich Melheim says:
“What’s the healthiest thing a kid can say?” The sociologist from Eastern Collegeanswered: “We always do it this way in my home.”
Let’s think about that. “We” means together, not off in our own separate places. “Always” means there’s a ritual and continuity–something that happens on a regular basis. “This way” means an action–not something passive. “My home” means ownership, identity, security, safety.
What more could anyone want than for their kids to be saying this?
Acts, of course, is also the name of the book in the Bible that connects to the Gospels to the rest of the New Testament. The beginning of Acts moves right from the life of Jesus to the birth of the church, Pentecost. In the early church, they met in homes, dedicated themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and prayer, and they shared everything. The church didn’t spread like wildfire across the Roman world because of their philosophy or ability to argue. It was the “see how these Christians love one another” that took the world by storm.
These “house churches” changed the world once before. They can do it again.