Looking for some help for nurturing faith in your family?
The books, resources, and activities below can support you as you grow in faith with kids.
Engaging Children in the Season of Advent Resources - with Mimi Larson
Jesse Tree – God’s Big Advent Story Devotional
Jesse Tree Story Symbols
Blog Post: This Might Be the Best Jesse Tree Set Ever
10 Ways to Engage A Child’s Faith During the Season of Advent Handout
Guiding Our Children Into the Digital Age with Kevin Hackert
Family Faith Habits with Mimi Larson
To get you started: Check out the FAITH5 steps—a simple faith practice you can use every day with your family.
To go a little deeper: Everyday Family Faith helps families build strong faith habits together. For each day of the week, this pocket-sized resource provides creative ideas for exploring Bible verses, talking about faith, and praying together, as well as fun activities to do.
To dive really deep: Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home offers ways to discover and develop spiritual practices as a family. This book is full of easy, do-it-yourself ideas for transforming the everyday moments in life into ones that are sacred.
To get you started: Using the framework of four "Building Blocks of Faith," Dear Parent will encourage you as you help children find their place in God's family, know God's story, live in hope, and discover their calling. Each chapter ends with discussion or thought questions, ideas for living the chapter topic out, and a short resource list.
To go a little deeper: The StickyFaith Guide for Your Family is an accessible guidebook designed to equip parents with insights and ideas for nurturing long-term faith in children and young people.
Or: Helping Our Children Grow in Faith describes how to nurture the spiritual development of children. Written for the church volunteer, It includes many stories and practical examples of how faith grows and changes as a child ages.
To dive really deep: The classic book Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing the Spiritual Life of Your Children shows families how to articulate their faith. The latest edition includes a chapter on the challenges faced by blended families.
To get you started: God’s Big Story Cards is a fun way to explore the biblical story in a personal way. You start by reading the day's story in the Bible, then roll the color-coded die to choose one of six ways to explore the biblical story together.
To go a little deeper: Our lives are filled with stories of God at work. Sharing those stories is both a blessing for ourselves and others, and a significant way that children learn deep truth about God, ourselves, and the story of redemption. See the Pinterest blog “Faithbooking” for some interesting ideas.
To dive really deep: Children learn through experiences, modeling, and relationships. Take advantage of community-wide service projects or mission trips where children participate with adults in responding to those in need. This can be as simple as visiting people who are sick, caring for the environment, or participating in a packing session with Feed My Starving Children or a similar ministry. Consider raising money together to support a justice organization or taking a stand together as a family on an important social issue. If possible, travel together on a family mission trip to serve another people group.
To get you started: Wondering how to explain baptism to a child? At Your Baptism features simple, clear text adapted from the French Reformed Church liturgy and paired with vibrant illustrations and straightforward explanations on every page.
To go a little deeper: You’re Invited is a five-day devotional that will help parents explain what the Lord’s Supper is all about and prepare their kids to participate. Designed to be used again and again, this devotional also includes an information section for grown-ups.
To dive really deep: Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship describes the close relationship between faith formation and worship and includes practical ideas for helping kids participate during worship in meaningful ways. A very readable book for busy parents.
To get you started: In her post Ten Things I Want to Tell Parents, Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick describes the things every parent should know as they nurture the faith of their children.
To go a little deeper: Spiritual Characteristics of Children and Teens explores how children and teens of different ages experience God and grow in faith. It’s a wonderful tool for parents, ministry leaders, teachers, pastors, and others who want to help children and teens come to know and love God.
To dive really deep: Family Fire has an online database of resources for families of all shapes and sizes. Nurturing Faith: Knowing His Word or Knowing Him and Nurturing Faith From Infancy are just two great articles to get you started.
Spiritual Formation Books
To get you started: Embracing the Love of God: The Path and Promise of Christian Life calls Christians back to the basics—to understand the promise of God’s love to transform our relationships and fulfill our deepest need.
To go a little deeper: Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson, the author of The Message, challenges us to read the Scriptures on our own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them.
Or: In Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation, the author describes gradual spiritual transformation that is both biblical and down to earth, encompassing the differences in our personality types. The revised edition includes a study guide and spiritual practices.
To dive really deep: In You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, the author shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts and helps readers recognize the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of Christian practices.
Here is a link to a Google doc with these resources and more as we update them.