#FamilyFavoriteFriday: Conversations, Experiments, and Christmas Lights

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Welcome back to LECFamily's #FamilyFavoriteFriday! Here's what we found to share with you around the web this week ...

For Parents ...

What is your go-to question for your kids at Christmas? "What do you want for Christmas?" It's what even parents of adult children ask! But this writer proposes that we change that question so we can help our kids become more like Jesus during this Advent and Christmas season. 

With all the family time coming up, this is a great resource for all family members to have more significant and meaningful conversations during the holiday season. Moving Beyond the Monosyllabic is something we can all learn from!

For Ministry Leaders ...

Do you have a hard time thinking outside the box? Have you tried things but given up after just once or twice? Here's a story from a church where an outside-the-box idea turned into a majorly impactful church program! 

A lot of churches have moved away from utilizing traditional liturgical elements, especially with kids and families. Why?  Those are the most meaning-filled and impactful parts of what it means to worship in a community! Most often, the challenge is that we don't teach them ... so why not try teaching the "why" behind each of our traditions? This church did, and the response was huge!

For Fun ...

Is one of your family traditions to drive around and look at Christmas lights? Want it to be? The Christmas Light Finder helps you find light displays in your area! Check it out!

For thought ...

  • What holiday traditions are most meaningful for your family? Why?

  • What "experiments" have you tried in your home or church that have worked? That haven't?

  • What do Christmas lights represent for your home and family? Are they a part of your tradition?

#FamilyFavoriteFriday: Teens and Older Adults, Prayer Nets, and Junk Mail

Welcome back to LECFamily's #FamilyFavoriteFriday! Here's what we found to share with you around the web this week ...

For Parents ...

How do you help your teens engage with other generations in your community? This is a GREAT program that helps teens build relationships with older adults while giving the older adults new skills to communicate with family, friends and the world! Cyber Seniors even has a documentary available on Amazon

How are you modeling faith for your family? Did you know that you influence your kids more than anyone else, especially in the area of faith formation? This article gives a great reminder of how to be a model of faith for your kids and why it's so, so important. 

For Ministry Leaders ...

How do you encourage prayer at your church? How do you create prayer practices for all ages? A Prayer Net is a great visual that all ages can participate in and that will be a concrete embodiment of the prayers of the people in your congregation and community. Do you have something like this in your church or community? Post a photo!

Are you fighting the fight of having children in worship? Here's a short and impactful reminder that it's important - and if it doesn't work in your church, maybe you need to change some things.

For Fun ...

This mailman found out that a kid on his route was taking people's junk mail just so he had something to read ... and then something really incredible happened.

For thought ...

  • Do you intentionally encourage your children and teens to build relationships with other adults and older adults in your community? How?

  • What are the most significant "ah-ha" moments you've had as you've watched children participate in worship?

  • How can you seek out the needs of children in your community and provide the opportunities they need to succeed?