We believe that our faith is developed through a loving partnership between home life and church. As a part of this faith development, First Presbyterian offers a wealth of resources for families to use to encourage discussions about faith in your home. Some of these resources that we love and recommend are as follows:
Advent and Lent Resource Table
Looking for some resources that your whole family can be involved during Advent and Lent? Each Advent and each Lenten season we offer a “Resource Table” in the upstairs Sunday School hallway. Please feel free to check out items on our table – these items range from resources that can be checked out through our Children’s Library, to lists of seasonal resources, to our favorite seasonal resources, to coloring and story sheets for younger students, to activity sheets for older students and fun activities for the whole family.
Water, Come Down! by Walter Wangerin Jr.
A beautifully written and illustrated book that introduces children to baptism. Includes discussion starters about the significance of baptism, its biblical roots and importance in our lives today. Even older children who are wondering what baptism is all about will enjoy this book! This book is given as a gift from First Presbyterian Church to babies and small children who are baptized here.
Faith Talk With Children Cards from Vibrant Faith
How many times have you asked your child, “What happened at school today?” Only to hear, “Nothing,” as a reply. We want to converse with our children, but sometimes having to think of the questions on our own is overwhelming. Designed for children ages three to eleven, these cards will help you in beginning meaningful conversations about God’s presence and faithfulness in all of your lives. For pricing and ordering information, call Vibrant Faith: 1-877-239-2492.
Spark Story Bible
This award-winning Bible is what we present to our 3 year-olds class every year as a part of Bible Sunday in October. We often have parents and grandparents asking where they can buy more of these for older siblings or other relatives. This easy to read aloud children’s Bible opens God’s word to little minds through colorful art and creative language. With 150 Bible stories from both Old and New Testaments, the Spark Story Bible equips children age 2 though 8 with an excellent Biblical foundation. (To order, call Augsburg Fortress (1-800-328-4648) or order online: www.augsburgfortress.org).
Praying in Color; Drawing a New Path to God, Sybil MacBeth
For older youth and adults: “This new prayer form can take as little or as much time as you have or want to commit, from 15 minutes to a weekend retreat.A new prayer form gives God an invitation and a new door to penetrate the locked cells of our hearts and minds,” explains author Sybil MacBeth. “For many of us, using only words to pray reduces God by the limits of our finite words.”
Spark Family is the newest Spark resource designed to help families fit faith into everyday life!
Spark Family is a quarterly subscription. Each issue comes alive with colorful images from the award-winning Spark Story Bible and engaging activities for the whole family! With 48 pages of activities, Spark Family is a great resource to keep in the car, carry along as you run errands throughout the day, or leave on the kitchen table for conversation starters during dinner.
Unlike other children’s devotionals, each issue of Spark Family is based on seasons and themes from the Bible. It’s filled with quick and easy ways to fit faith into everyday life. Because it’s not dated, you can choose to follow the chapters sequentially or skip around. It’s perfect for kids in preschool – grade 4. (To order: call Augsburg Fortress at 800-328-4648.)
The d365 daily devotional site is produced by Passport, Inc. The primary is to provide inspirational and relevant reflections on scripture for young people. Passport is a student ministry organization focused on creating meaningful experiences and resources for students
The devotional experience is written especially for students and seeks to provide reflections on themes that impact our faith journey. We hope that d365 will create a quiet space in your life for meditation and prayer. To get to this resource, log on to www.d365.org or add the app on your phone.
Takeout Church For Summer
Each summer we offer “Takeout Church”: Summers mean vacation, but just because your family is on the road, it doesn’t mean you can’t worship together. If you know you are heading out-of-town or will miss a Sunday, check out one of our “Takeout Church” boxes for your trip. What is in a “Takeout Church”? There are flipcard questions to spark discussion and share memories, links to Bible apps and devotions, a prayer cube and a skittles prayer activity, ideas on how to “pay it forward” and serve others on the road, and of course, “flat Jesus” to take a selfie with. For other at-home resources, check out our children’s library located on the second floor or email Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries, Heather Rey at firstname.lastname@example.org .