I belong to a wonderful church that is super welcoming to families and even has paid staff for their nursery so that parents can enjoy church while the littles are having a great time.
I’m never at church though.
Sorry. It’s the truth.
From the distance, to the fact that their service times are during nap time, to the reality that I lose a clump of hair whenever I have to load up my tribe to go anywhere substantial…it just isn’t happening any time soon. One day they’ll be old enough to not make everything a live action Oregon Trail–but that day is not today.
**Sidenote: I know that there are countless other moms that have managed to whip up their brood and make it to church with no problem…I, however, am not made like them.**
Because of where I am in my life at this moment, I have increasingly wanted something to hold me over while I’m home just trying to make it through the day.
I don’t think I’m alone.
I think there is power and kindness to give to mothers by saying, “it’s ok that you can’t make it to church, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still claim a focused portion of your Sunday (or any day that’s best) to teaching/preaching God.”
I believe in the priesthood of all believers and I want parents to reclaim their right to teach, preach, and evangelize…at home.
I believe the greatest (and most difficult) mission field is the home and family. It’s time to encourage faith formation (especially to the very young) outside our church walls.
I’m starting from scratch though. I have found the resources limited (so much that is out there does not align with what I consider healthy, life giving, non-toxic theology), not for the very young, or just plain bad. But that doesn’t mean it’s not out there.
This is a journey and I go into this with heart and mind open. I would love feedback or ideas as I begin to build something for progressive Christian parents to claim for themselves.
Thoughts Bouncing Around My Head:
- Should be less than 10-15 minutes and be able to involve both parents and kids younger than 5.
- Should it follow liturgy?
- Or does just bringing in the basics suffice for these times? 10 Commandments and Sermon on the Mount?
- Should definitely align with forward thinking Christian theology.
- What are good Christian children’s books for very young children? This is what I have that my two year old has gravitated:
Would love your thoughts, dialogue partners! Let’s encourage the most effective missionaries we have and meet them where they are…knee deep in dirty diapers and swimming in piles of laundry!