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  1. Special Events Linking Church and Home

  2. Covenantal Hear O Israel…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6: 5-7

  3. Ministry Foundation • Align with your church’s vision • Our vision statement: We envision Village Seven Presbyterian Church to be a life-giving and reproducing church, according to the Word of God and for His glory alone. • Core values: Worship Teaching Nurture Reaching

  4. Ministry Foundation • Children’s ministry mission • Proclaiming the gospel of Christ to children in our church and community (reaching) • Teachingour children, at an age appropriate level, the whole counsel of God with a Reformed biblical worldview that impact all of life • Preparing our children for a lifetime of worship and service • Partnering with families and other church ministries as a Covenant community to live out the gospel of Christ (nurture)

  5. Ministry Connections • Connect with parents – start with current Children’s Ministry programs • Partner with other church ministries • Create opportunities for shared family experiences • Outreach – inviting friends and neighbors

  6. Family Special Events • Relevance – What do families want? • Creating a successful family event • An event that appeals to all ages • Memories and family traditions • Outreach - inviting friends and neighbors • Participation – all church members can engage and experience the joy of serving

  7. Church Calendar Opportunities • Reformation Day—celebrate our heritage through the history of the Reformation • Advent—prepare for the celebration of our Savior’s birth, the incarnation • Easter—celebrate God’s love and provision for our salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection

  8. Parent Connection • Take away component • Tool parents can use to extend learning • Connect at summer outreach events • VBS • Sport and Day Camps • Summer Story Time Adventures

  9. Special Events • Fun, fellowship and components that can bring the family together and bring families together with each other within and outside the church • The Gospel is GoodNews: “It’s a sin to bore a kid with the gospel.”—Jim Rayburn • Include a gospel component—message and/or take home keepsake • Christmas Ice Skating Party • Spring Roller Skating Party • Parent/child Valentine themed “date nights” • Musical, theatrical, entertainment events • Daddy/Daughter Lockins • Mother/Daughter Teas • Family Camps/Camping experiences • Other Seasonal events—swimming, sledding…

  10. Planning Process • Determine your purpose, goals, and evaluation process • Check: church, school and community calendars • Time: 2-3 hour special events are reasonable for workers and families • Establish budget: Fee or free? Estimate costs of ALL resources! • Team: volunteers, professionals, staff • Delegate: Divide and conquer—divide jobs in manageable chunks with team “point people” oversight; search for special talents needed • Recruit: recruit singles, teens empty nesters, etc. to work at family events • Reserve: building space and coordinate custodial and/or other needed support • Identification: way for workers/staff to be indentified; nametags for participants? • Evaluate: Debrief every event—evaluate plus create “after action” notes for future improvements

  11. Wrap-up • Be strategic planning events that provide opportunities for families in your church to grow, play and learn together • Remember to extend the learning with a take away component • Make events fun so families will invite others to join them—they are your best promoters • Add opportunities for multi-generational participation • Extend to entire church family—serving and connecting the body will add momentum

  12. Family Resources • Bauer, Rebecca Hayford. The 25 Days of Christmas: An Advent Celebration for the Entire Family. Victor Books, 1994 • Bourne, Joanna Watkins. Grandma’s Christmas Cookies: A Cookie Cutter Storybook. Tommy Nelson, Inc., 1997 • Carlson, Melody. What Nick & Holly Found In Grandpa’s Attic. Gold ‘n’ Honey Books, Multnomah Publishers, 1998. (Use with Family Life Adorenaments.) • Dobson, James; Swindoll, Charles; Boice, James Montogomery; Sproul, R.C. Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration. Navpress, 1989 • Jaynes, Sharon. Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas. Moody Press, 1977. • Whelchel, Lisa. The ADVENTure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions—A Mom’s Guide. Multnomah Publishers, 2000.