On [day, date,] our group will discuss how our families became involved in this congregation. We will ask each child to share any stories they have about how they first came to this congregation or their early experiences here.
It will be helpful for you to discuss this topic with your child beforehand. Many
young children do not know when, how, or why they started coming to a particular
congregation – whether from birth or since a later time. Please tell
your child the story of how your family entered this faith home.
Your story will be unique. That is part of the lesson: We don’t all enter
our faith family in the same way. Perhaps you have been in this congregation
all your life. Maybe you were a member of another congregation in the past
and changed your affiliation. Maybe you moved to this city and started attending
this congregation. Some families search for a faith home to seek support
in raising their children in an environment of shared values. Whatever your
story, think of how to share it with your child.
tell the story to your child several times and ask him/her to tell it back
to you. You could make it into a whole family discussion at mealtime or
in the car. This telling and retelling will go a long way toward strengthening
your child’s feelings of belonging in the congregation.
Thank you for taking the time to share these experiences with your child!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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