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faith path overview

WHY:

We believe God designed the family to be the primary disciple-making relationship. In other words, God gave parents the privilege of nurturing faith in the next generation. That’s why the Faith Path was created, as a step-by-step plan to help you be intentional as you prepare for key faith milestones and foster spiritual disciplines in your child’s faith journey.

WHAT:

The Faith Path strategy is intended to help you develop a clear plan to intentionally point your child toward Christ in an age appropriate manner. We hope that you are naturally exposing your child to many of these faith practices from an early age. The Faith Path recommends focusing on particular practices or preparing for certain milestones at specific ages and stages. We will provide you with free kits that include training, resources and ideas to help you guide your child along the path.

WHEN:

You can start today regardless of your child’s age or stage of development. Don’t worry if you miss a step or if you start the process with an older child. You can always go back and emphasize earlier steps. We also encourage you to reinforce these practices as your child matures rather than view them as a one-time emphasis. You’ll find recommended resources and ideas for beginning each step in your child’s life and continuing as he or she matures at our Grace@Home Center.

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Providing both free resources and items for purchase. These resources will help you on your journey to authentic faith, one home at a time – beginning in your home.

It is the resource center for Grace@Home items, come by to peruse the free brochures covering a variety of topics… Our desire is to help you in your faith journey – and this center will help us do that.

Families – Stop by the Grace@Home Center located in the Foyer for free resources and ideas or download online.

Faith Path steps

Faith decision

POINTERS

Pointers are available at our Grace@Home Center or you can download below for insights and suggestions on specific family situations.

2019 Advent Calendar & Song Playlist

Download A Traditional Advent Calendar. Email jacob@graceplacechurch.org to request a free paper copy.

Access the 2019 Advent Song Playlist on Spotify or Apple Music.

As part of our desire to empower parents and grandparents to invest in the spiritual development of their children and grandchildren, Grace Place is making an Advent calendar available. Originally made available for free by Focus on the Family in 2010, A Traditional Advent Calendar has been modified in its dates by Grace Place so as to make the dates match the 2019 Advent season (December 1-25).

Each day has a brief Bible passage to read as well as things to explain, questions to discuss, and/or activities to do. The calendar is made up of 28 days, providing content for the 25 days of this year's Advent season plus content for 3 other days, which can be incorporated into other Advent days or done after Christmas.

To make the time in which your family utilizes the Advent calendar even more meaningful, you are encouraged to make an Advent wreath on December 1. Simple instructions for making a simple Advent wreath are provided on "December 1" of the calendar. If you would prefer to make a paper wreath & fake candles, you can find those instructions here.

On December 6, 13, 20, 21, 23, 24, and 25, your child(ren)/grandchild(ren) will make figures for their own paper nativity scene. Other activity options are included on many of the other days. Supplies will be required for many of the activities, so it is recommended that you look ahead to ensure that supplies are on hand.

Three recommendations for greater success:

  1. Adapt the calendar to make it work for you and your family. So, if your family misses some days, is unable to complete every day or every element of the calendar, or chooses not to do some of the elements, that is totally fine. Doing something to invest in the spiritual development of your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) (even if that is just three, two, or even one time per week) is much better than doing nothing or not having a goal that you aim for or a plan that you try to follow.
  2. Choose a consistent time of day to do the calendar--a time that actually works for your family. This will make remembering to have this time together easier.
  3. As you utilize this calendar, pray for and with your children. Ask the Lord to use this time together to prepare their hearts (and yours as well) for celebrating the coming of our Lord and Savior at Christmas!