Faith at Home
Take our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book for Ordinary Time
A four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer services prepared for the period in the church year between Pentecost and Advent. The services focus on the teaching and ministry of Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, Jesus’ parables, and Jesus’ miracles. 384 pages. $24.99 hardcover or $10.49 for Kindle.
Take our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book for Advent through Pentecost
This second volume includes prayers for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. Like first volume, the words of the prayers are mostly taken from scripture, and each service includes a Psalm, a Gospel text, another scripture text and a song from scripture. 928 pages. $34.99 hardcover or $12.49 for Kindle.
Rejoice! Daily Devotional Readings
Each day’s entry includes a scripture reading, a short inspirational message, and a prayer of response. An additional prayer guide with requests representing Mennonite mission workers, schools and church agencies is included in the back. Published quarterly. $7.75 for a booklet and $5.50 for download. Annual individual subscription $30.55; bulk subscription $22.45.
Consider Jesus by Donald R. Jacobs
Don's meditations, one for each day of the year, glimpse the way to the peace, power, hope, and healing of Jesus as he is revealed in the challenging and enigmatic New Testament book of Hebrews. Don urges readers to "consider Jesus" as the key to all of life. 368 pages. $11.99
Now it Springs Up: Spiritual Insights for Every Day A daily guide for reflection and prayer by Carol Duerksen, Michelle Hershberger and Laurie Oswald Robinson.
Each entry includes an invitation to prayer and to action; each week features two entries designated for families and children. In these pages are confession and repentance, wonder and awe, honest doubts and perplexing questions, and delightful flashes of humor. 460 pages. $17.95 at Amazon.com
Missio Dei Breviary by Missio Dei, Minneapolis, Minn.
A four-week cycle of morning and evening prayers. Scripture texts focus on the Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s parables, Jesus’ words in John, and Mark’s passion account. The reflections demonstrate a missional commitment to place and a focused commitment to social justice within an Anabaptist theological perspective. Used by the Missio Dei community to shape the rhythms of their shared life. 159 pages. $14.50 at Amazon.com or $3.99 on Kindle.
Advent and Lent Family Devotionals
The Resource Centre of Mennonite Church Canada provides a family devotional that accompanies the worship resources in Leader magazine. Go to http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/resourcecentre to download this free resource. The lectionary texts are divided into 7 short readings, there is a daily litany, activity suggestions and questions to ponder together.
Growing Deeper is a resource for parents created by the Christian Formation Committee and distributed to every congregation in Central Plains. Each congregation was also given a copy of the book, Sleeping with Bread: Holding what gives you life. This book and packet should be in your church library. You may also download Growing Deeper here.
Central Plains Resource Library
There are parenting books and resources in the Central Plains Formation Resource Library. Some of the titles available:
The Five Love Languages of Children
How to Really Love Your Child
Parenting Adolescents DVD
Faith Talk conversation cards
Bible story books for various ages
Shine On is a Bible story book that accompanies the Shine Sunday School curriculum for children. All the Bible stories covered in Sunday School, plus a few more, are included. Each one has questions to ponder with your child to make the Bible story relevant to your child. The story Bible and the questions accompanying each story provide a wonderful tool to talk with your child about God. Remember to pray together after each story!
Vibrant Faith at Home
You will find many practical ways to talk about faith at home at VibrantFaithatHome.org. Operated by Vibrant Faith Ministries, this web site is a gold mine of ideas for parents for teaching faith to their children. Check it out!
This reading program is a great source of suggestions for books to read at home. Parents or adult leaders help children aged 4 through 14 select and read books from a list specially chosen to teach core Christian values from an Anabaptist understanding. If children read seven books and give reports on two of them, they may earn a gift book of their choice from the list. Go to Shalom Readers to find the book list or to learn how to start a program at your church.
Reading to children is a very effective way to instill faith. The stories we hear and reflect on powerfully shape us. When reading together, reflect on the story’s similarities to your own lives and pray together. Here is a list of books that introduce Bible stories, prayers and stories of faith to children.
Music has the power to shape the listener. Play music in the background as children play, to encourage quiet time, to entertain in the car and to sing together. Herald Press offers Sing, Little Children, Sing; Songs to Live By I and II, and Bryan Moyer Suderman’s SmallTall Music CDs. Find them online at http://store.mennomedia.org.
Bible Reading Charts
My Bible Reading Chart. Designed for early readers, this colorful booklet lists 100 favorite Bible verses selected for young children. Fun tips and challenges get kids excited about Bible reading, and a chart provides an easy way to track their Bible reading progress. Purchase one per child ages 6-9.
Dig into the Bible: A Reading Chart. Fun facts and tips guide reading and motivate older kids to learn even more about the Bible while they chart their progress on an easy-to-follow grid. Includes a list of suggested Bible memory passages. Ages 10-13.
Seven Things Children Need by John M. Drescher
This is a revised edition of a Herald Press classic that has sold over 125,000 copies. It has been translated into nearly 20 languages. The author discusses seven of the most basic needs of the growing child: significance, security, acceptance, love, praise, discipline and God. This is a practical, personal, down-to-earth book for people who care about children as persons.
Please Pass the Faith: The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting by Elsie Rempel
By 2030, almost one-third of North Americans will be over the age of 65. How will this affect the church? Author Elsie Rempel believes that the swelling ranks of new seniors presents a huge spiritual resource. In Please Pass the Faith, she draws from real life and from Christian formation experts in helping seniors and other adults foster relationships with children and youth. She also offers practical ideas for integrating children and youth into church life—all the while nurturing one’s own spiritual life as an elder.