By Pastor Lisa Holliday
As we enter 2017, consider placing family faith formation as a top priority in your home!
Begin by using one or more of the ideas below to grow in your faith as a family.
*Eat meals together as often as possible. Prepare dinner together or ask family members to set the table while a parent cooks. Pray together before eating. Share stories about your day. Laugh together. Share the table with friends occasionally.
*Create memories through special days and vacations as possible. Remember that family fun does not have to be expensive. A day fishing, hiking, or discovering a new museum or park can be transforming for your family. A day spent together away from home can offer important time for problem-solving, conflict-resolution and compromise. Pray for safe travels. If you are on a long trip, attend church while you are away. Give thanks to God for all your new discoveries and experiences. Thank God for the time with your family.
*Serve others. Watch for needs of a neighbor, spend time in a nursing home, recycle, prepare lunch for Habitat for Humanity workers, or care for animals. How can you match up your family’s God-given abilities and gifts with other ways to serve in church or in your community? Discuss how you are serving God as you serve others. Invite others to join you!