We believe that faith practiced as a family provides a steadfast base for children and teens.
We want to equip, empower, and engage families to be the church in the world. We do that by providing opportunities for families to come together to talk about their faith and help all members of the family find a place in their spiritual home.
Parenting with Faith and Courage Adult Sunday School Class
Sundays (dates below) at 10 am in M207
Parents with children of all ages are invited to gather with other parents to learn and grow together as faith leaders for our families. This adult Sunday School class is designed to encourage, support, and empower parents. Topics and conversations will vary each week; come as often as you like. All are welcome to participate. Fall 2021 classes are planned for in-person, with an additional online connection.
- October 3 - Parenting with Faith & Wellness: Surviving the Early Years of Parenthood
- October 10 - Parenting with Faith & Wellness: Communicating with Your Teens
- October 17 - Parenting with Faith & Wellness Living Compass #1: Whole Person Wellness & Your Family
- October 24 - Parenting with Faith & Wellness Living Compass #2: The Schools of Parenting & Finding Your Voice
- October 31 - Parenting with Faith & Wellness Living Compass #3: Rethinking Discipline & Adjusting to Change
- November 7
- November 14
- November 21
Parenting with Faith and Courage Blog
Be inspired with stories of hope, inspiration and joy shared by fellow parishioners about their parenthood journeys. We want to make this a wonderful resource for all of our families as we journey together through this pandemic environment.
Please email Lindsay Masi if you would like to include a devotion or story of your own. We would love to hear from you!
Table Talks Podcast
Table Talks is a great opportunity for families to dig into questions about faith together. In each episode, Lindsay Masi and Maggie Baker will introduce a new topic or Bible story and pose relevant and thought-provoking questions. We invite families to listen and discuss together.
Articles, Videos, and Resources
The Child Mind Institute has resources for families during Covid-19 and beyond.
Faith @ Home is a great resource for lectionary based readings and discussions for the whole family to engage in conversation about the Bible!
Terry Heick of TeachThought has created a list of alternative questions you can ask your children that go beyond "What did you learn in school today?" in order to generate conversation.
"Helping Children with Pandemic Grief", an article from the New York Times, can help you explain death to children of all ages.
The Child Mind Institute has resources for families during COVID-19 and beyond.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress offers resources for parents in discussing Coronavirus with children.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America shares ways to talk to an anxious child or teen about Coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child from Kids Health provides ways to offer reliable information to your children.
This short clip on Youtube helps introduce the concept of self-care to younger children.
This article from Red Tricycle shares tips on educating children on riots and protests.
"How to Talk About Racism and National Protests with Your Children", an article from The Children's Hospital of Colorado, can help approach this topic and does so in an age-appropriate manner.
PBS produces parent pages that can be filtered by age for activities based on category filters.
Sunday School Zone shares at-home Bible activities.
Want to start the conversation about race with your children?
Begin by reading books written by African-American authors. Check out these links for suggestions:
This list from Black Children's Books and Authors shares honors and awards presented to children’s authors and illustrators, and where to find the books.
Recent Activities & Events
Good Friday, April 2 was a day of worship on the grounds of Christ Church as families and individuals participated in our Intergenerational Stations of the Cross experience. Supplies were provided for those present to reflect on Jesus' walk and to do specific small activities to make each station more meaningful, all while listening to each station's description on the Christ Church app via their phone or following along with a printed bulletin.
December 3, we hosted a Zoom Parenting with Faith and Courage for parents with children of all ages to talk about coping with the pandemic over the holidays and allowed space for families to share resources, stories, and ideas for creating a connected community during this time.
November 5, The Reverend Connor Gwin and parishioner and Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Heitman led a discussion on mindful, purposeful parenting tips for using with children and youth of all ages.
October Panel Discussion on Screenagers