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Faith Path

MastHead WHY:  We believe God designed the family to be the primary disciple-making relationship. In other words, God gave parents the privilege of nurturing faith in the next generation. That’s why the Faith Path was created, as a step-by-step plan to help you be intentional as you prepare for key faith milestones and foster spiritual disciplines in your child’s faith journey.
WHAT:  The Faith Path strategy is intended to help you develop a clear plan to intentionally point your child toward Christ in an age-appropriate manner. We hope that you are naturally exposing your child to many of these faith practices from an early age. The Faith Path recommends focusing on particular practices or preparing for certain milestones at specific ages and stages. We will provide you with free kits that include resources and ideas to help you guide your child along the path.
WHEN:  You can start today regardless of your child’s age or stage of development. Don’t worry if you miss a step or if you start the process with an older child. You can always go back and emphasize earlier steps. We also encourage you to reinforce these practices as your child matures rather than view them as a one-time emphasis. You’ll find recommended resources and ideas for beginning each step in your child’s life and continuing as he or she matures.

The Faith Path Faith Path Overview Kit Faith Path Overview Guide | Faith Handoff Activity Faith Walk Activity Faith Path Coloring Sheet

Salvation & Baptism
Your Child’s Faith Decision: Every step along the Faith Path is intended to guide and direct your child toward becoming a fully developing follower of Jesus Christ. At some point along the way, your child will be mature enough to make a clear decision to trust Christ as his or her Savior, and then follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. We have created material to assist you in leading your child to Christ and understanding salvation. When that wonderful event occurs, we would love to provide you with a special Salvation & Baptism kit containing resources to help you celebrate.
Click below for resources:
Salvation & Baptism Guide | Spiritual Birthdays Activity Now that I’m A Christian

Child Dedication Blessing Family Time

Recommended Ages: Birth-2+

Commit to raise your child in a God-honoring home.
Child Dedication Guide | Praying For My Child

 

Recommended: Ages 3+

Establish the practice of praying for and giving a blessing to your child on a routine basis.
Blessing Guide | You’re Great Because… | Numbers 6:24-26

 

Recommended: Ages 4+

Establish the practice of connecting as a family while passing spiritual truths to your child.
Family Time Guide | Impression Points Activity | Just Like Air Activity

Prepare to Lead Your Child to Christ Prayer
Bible

Age will vary: kit provided at Age 5+

Learn how to lead your child to Christ. 
Prepare to Lead Your Child to Christ | God Loves You Brochure | Faith Decision Record | Faith Decision Keepsake

 

Recommended: Ages 6+

Teach your child about prayer and establish the practice of praying as a family.
Prayer Guide | Prayer Calendar

 

Recommended: Ages 7+

Teach your child about God’s Word and establish the practice of reading and memorizing scripture as a family.
Bible Guide | Books of the Bible

 

Worship Giving & Serving Preparing for Adolescence 

Recommended: Ages 8+

Establish the practice of adoring God personally, at home, at church, and as a lifestyle.
Worship Guide | “God, you are …” Card |

 

Recommended: Ages 9+

Establish the practice of giving and serving others for God’s glory.
Giving & Serving Guide | Rolling in Money Activity | Spiritual Gifts Guide

 

Recommended: Ages 11+

Discuss the changes and challenges of puberty with your child.
Preparing for Adolescence Guide | Early Adolescence FAQs | “The Talk” Podcast

 

Purity Rite of Passage Launch

Recommended: Ages 13+

Prepare and challenge your child to cherish and commit to purity.
Purity Guide | Purity Checklist | Purity Commitment Card

 

Recommended: Ages 16+

Celebrate and give your child a vision for the future as an emerging adult.
Rite of Passage Guide | Planning Guide | Sample Letters for Daughter | Sample Letters for Son

 

Recommended: Ages 18+

Coach your child to move toward college and/or career and adult independence.
Launch Guide | Before You Leave Activities | Sample Blessing Letter

 

Questions? Contact Belinda Selfridge at bselfridge@sentchurch.cc
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