Year A Family Devotional - Lent
March 1, 2014 | By Andy \'Mo\' Moscinski |
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what do i do as a parent partner The holy grail for helping youth remain religiously active as young adults has been at home all along: parents. ! Welcome (1-2) Statistics show that if a students who do not make a significant connection or friendship will likely never attend a youth group again. Our welcome team is so important that any student that walks in, is greeted, and welcomed. Students desire to be known and welcomed, and for us to know their name adds huge value! Responsibilities: Stand at doors and greet students as they arrive Finding and meeting with students Spending time to get to know students Gym (1-2) Not all students have a lot of self confidence, and for many standing around in a group of people talking before youth spurs on fear and anxiety. The Gym is always open for students that want to play or do something other that talk or flirt. The Gym will spend the 5:45 - 6:10 PM time making sure students are plugged in, safety is happening and responsibility is enforced. Responsibilities: Supervise students, gym, and equipment use. Maintaining an environment that is safe and welcoming - Diligently working to include any student that walks in the door CRU Leader (all adults) Being a CRU leader is a huge responsibility, but one that comes with great rewards, both now and in the future. CRU leaders are the glue that keeps things together, liaising with students and engaging in their lives in a powerful way. You are a testimony to the love of Christ as you live your life and serve this Ministry. Students will look to you for support, encouragement and wisdom and they will see your life as a living Testimony to your love of Jesus. Spending time investing in these teens is life-giving and it speaks in a powerful way to our students. Responsibilities: Prioritizing being at projectFAITH each week your month comes up. Connect with each of your students on a weekly basis checking in and making sure that no one is left behind. Read and prepare for teaching of the curriculum Pray for your students each week Set the vibe - students look to you for excitement, buy in and interest in the message, activities, and CRU time. Crowd control and monitoring Helping where needed on nights where other leaders might be overwhelmed. !
With fall comes the long-awaited harvest, as farmers across the land see the fruits of their labors. Likewise, when we invite God to plant his Holy Spirit in our hearts, we’ll bear fruit, too. Galatians 5:22 lists the good fruit that God wants his followers to bear: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ! These qualities can be tough to live out—especially in families consisting of imperfect people. Thankfully, God’s Holy Spirit helps us be fruitful “in every part of our lives” (verse 5:25). Here are simple ideas for cultivating spiritual fruits among your family members. ! ! Berry Special— While you enjoy a fruit salad, affirm one another. Start with “You are berry special because … .” Then list ways you see each person display the fruit of the Spirit. ! Go Bananas!— Create fun “candles” by placing half a banana (pointed end up) inside a pineapple ring. Attach a maraschino cherry “flame” atop the banana with a toothpick. Eat the snack and discuss ways that showing the fruit of the Spirit helps us “shine” for God. ! Fruit Suit— With paper and markers, design fun “suits” you could wear to show God’s love through the fruit of the Spirit, such as a bunch of grapes to represent how you can help a “bunch of people in need. Then ask: Why does God’s love grow inside us? How can we show God’s love to others without wearing a “fruit suit”? Reap a Harvest of Spiritual Fruit VERSE OF THE MONTH “Every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” Matthew 7:17-18 POWER SOURCE ASK GOD: 1. To show your family how to live out each fruit of the Spirit. 2. To help you grow more fruit in your life—and to share God’s bounty with others. 3. To bless your family’s efforts to live “fruitful” lives in God’s glory and service. TEACHABLE MOMENTS ! Growing a Good Crop With your family, draw a large mural of a tree with roots. Also draw nine pieces of various fruit on the tree, and write a fruit of the Spirit on each piece. Give everyone index cards and something to write or draw with. ! Have kids draw pictures of what a few fruits mean to them. Older kids can write what the fruit of the Spirit means to them. Discuss each fruit and attach the cards to the mural. ! Read aloud John 15:5. Then ask: ! What conditions affect crops? To grow these fruit of the Spirit in our lives, what conditions do we need? What will help us live a fruit- filled life for God? ! Close in prayer: Dear God, please provide good conditions so we can bear good fruit for you by how we live. In Jesus’ name, amen. // 2
Like frozen treats on a 100-degree day, summer is melting away. That means it’s time to get back into old routines and start some new ones. Experts say routines offer kids stability and help them develop self discipline. Knowing what to expect—and what’s expected—can make family interactions smoother, too. Follow these tips to make the most of September’s opportunities to hit the “reset” button: Have a family meeting before the school year begins. Review schedules and brainstorm new approaches to easier mornings, healthier eating, more productive studying, and so on. Focus on just one or two goals at a time, rather than tackling everything at once. When a new habit is in place, then move on to the next goal. Prepare for changes to your daily routine by practicing before school begins. Create simple checklists as visual reminders for getting ready. Empower kids to make decisions. Encourage them (in age-appropriate ways) to adapt routines whenever unexpected situations arise. Build spiritual practices into your family’s daily routine. This allows faith development to occur while children are growing in other ways during the new school year. See the next page for a variety of ideas you can try. How to Thrive in a New Routine POWER SOURCE ASK GOD: 1. To ease the back-to-school transition for your family. 2. To protect your children as they tackle new subjects and face new challenges. 3. To help your children use their new routines to share Jesus with other people. VERSE OF THE MONTH “I am the Lord, and I do not change.”— Malachi 3:6 // 2