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What we give parents that participate in Baby Dedication and First Steps classes…

I really enjoy blessing our parents that participate in the Parent/Baby Dedication service each Fall and Spring.  Each child receives the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones on the day of the dedication as well as a booklet memoir with information about each child and a testimony from all parents participating.  At the First Steps classes, we give parents printed invitation for inviting friends to the service as well as a diaper bag tag.  Parents who answer questions during the classes can also win door prizes like Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt by Leslie Leyland-Fields.  If you haven’t signed up to have your child dedicated yet, sign up now!

YouTube Video of Seeds Family Worship @ the 930

Thanks Tony!

Photo Stream: Seeds Family Worship Event @ the 930

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Hosting Jason Houser and Seeds Family Worship at the 930 last Wednesday night was a blast.  We’re so thankful for an event that was both fun for the kids and worshipful.  Tyler Ratliff, our Midtown Kids Music Leader, sums up the vibe with this testimony:

“I just had a super encouraging conversation with a kid from church who couldn’t be more than 10. She got a CD of bible memory songs tonight called Seeds of Courage because she’s sometimes afraid of storms and thinks it’ll help to listen to it. She especially liked the title of the song, “Do Not Be Anxious.” It comes with two copies and she wants to give one to her friend from school.” Continue Reading…

Thursday Book Club: The Family Worship Book

Terry L. Johnson.  The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions. Christian Focus Publications, 2003.  208 pages.

The Family Worship Book by Terry L. Johnson basically breaks down into two sections.  First is a brief and helpful summary of the family worship and then the “how-to” do family worship.  The second section, from chapter six on, (the majority of the book) lays out several aids to be used in family worship.  If you are just starting out, this is a great resource.

What I liked

1.  The book makes the same point that most of us Children’s Ministry Pastors have been championing for a while now, the home should be a little church and the family should gather together for worship.  It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated, but it does everyone in the family good.

2.  The resource section of the book is worth the price of the book!  They have gathered some great resources and it’ all together in one place.  You may not use them all, but it nice to know that in this one book, they are easily accessible. Continue Reading…

On Separation Anxiety

It is natural for young children to feel anxious when you drop them off at the nursery or say goodbye.  Although this can be very difficult for parents, it is a normal stage of development.  With understanding, patience, love, faith and trust, it can be relieved and should lessen and fade as your child gets older.

In the early stages of childhood, crying, tantrums or clinging to father and mother are actually healthy reactions to separation.  Separation anxiety can begin before a child’s first birthday and pop up again or last until a child is four years old, but both the intensity level and timing of separation anxiety vary tremendously from child to child.  One way you, as the parent, can ease your child’s anxiety is by staying patient, loving, and consistent and by gently and firmly setting limits. Continue Reading…