What are the stories that shape who your family is? Interactive conversations will give your family time to discuss what makes your family’s experience its own, including birth stories, how your names were given and what they mean, and the daily routines and practices that are important to you – and what those quirky things you do as a family might say about you! You’ll also explore how your family has experienced God, faith, and community and how you can share your family’s faith story with others.
ZOOM LINK FOR THIS GROUP
LifeU: Telling Your Family’s Story with Mark Jackson
Sundays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.m.
meeting id: 915 9889 9673 password: 678854
Our families define so much of who we are! What is your “must-do” Christmas tradition? What is something “dad always says?” Why does your family call a toaster a “bread fireplace?”
Join our half-hour online family gatherings, three Sunday evenings (Jan. 10, 17 & 24), 6:30-7:00 p.m. The conversation is open to families of all ages — easily applicable for preschoolers through young adults.
We’ll talk about quirky things our families say and do (and what it says about our family), our names (how we got them and what they mean), stories of how we came into our families (by birth, adoption, blending families), and how our families connect, grow, and share in faith. Essentially, we’re celebrating family stories and traditions and how our faith and values are reflected through them.
Screen time is the last thing families need more of, but the bulk of the time is spent talking with your family in your home. And it’s just 30 minutes!
The conversation is led by Mark Jackson, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry, direct from his own home to yours. It’s also a great way to connect with other St. Andrew’s church families.
Two bonus activities for January to explore “Sharing Our Faith Stories”:
(1) We challenge you to be the one who can think of the quirkiest family tradition that you have – maybe it’s a holiday tradition, something “dad always says,” a nickname and how it came about, or the reason why your family calls a toaster a “bread fireplace” (or something like that!). Bonus dare: Have this chat over a meal together – and maybe showing old family photos to bring those memories to life!
(2) Enjoy an extended mealtime together and spend intentional time as a family talking about family stories. Here are some suggestions for keeping your conversation moving along:
- Past: What are some of our favorite family stories to tell? What have been defining moments in our family’s history (such as marriage, birth, adoption, significant accomplishments, moving homes, experiences of grief or loss, etc.)? What are some of your favorite memories as a family?
- Present: How are we doing right now? What have been some of our family’s joys and challenges?
- Future: What is “next” for our family? What do we look forward to? What are we concerned about? What do we hope will happen together as a family in the coming year? Three years?
Make sure you don’t rush the time together – plan for it by setting aside a day and time to do it! You might also share photographs of members of your family (from old photo albums or on a phone/tablet, including extended family members or those who’ve passed away) and talk about the memories found in the pictures.
Resources for growing your family’s faith:
Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home by Traci Smith
Faith 5 – A simple nightly or weekly 5-step family devotion time
BuildingFaith – Ideas for sharing faith practices in the home