Faith @ home

Welcome to our regular blog from our pastors.

You'll find wisdom, encouragement and suggestions to help parents raise children of faith.

24 november 2019

Celebrating the Christian seasons is a highlight of a [email protected] family.  What can you do for Christmas?  Here's some random ideas: buy an Advent calendar to count down each day to Christmas, decorate the rooms of your house, read the Christmas story verse by verse in a Bible or children's storybook before the big day, prepare cards and gifts for family and church, give some pocket money to the church's Christmas appeal, bake Christmas foods like gingerbread houses, play Christmas music, buy matching PJs, drive around to see the lights, attend a carol service, buy gifts for each other -a shopping expedition, watch Christmas movies together, make a special visit to family and friends, host someone you don't know that well for a Christmas meal, create a family wish list for 2020... you name it.  

The key is creating traditions.  What traditions do you enjoy in your home?  

Blessings, Pastor Andrew  


10 november 2019

It warms my heart to hear about how a mom humorously complained about how her children like to follow their dad to church early most Sundays, not because they have to but they wanted to. These children come to join the children ministry’s leaders to pray and bless the children service. Another child who comes early with grandparents who serves, often willingly offers his time to help with set up for children ministry. It is such a blessing and privilege to serve alongside these children and families. 

Family, parents and grandparents in particular are a vital part of a child’s spiritual influence. Deuteronomy 6:4-6 God instructs parents to impress His commands on their children. I encourage you to keep going on a journey with God and share your faith with your children, surround them with church community for them to feel belong to, and create opportunities to work out their faith; we are in this together to help our children develop their own authentic relationship with God.

Keep the faith. Pastor Jacqueline


20 OCTOBER 2019

You may not have noticed, but it was lovely on Sunday to notice several families serving together.  Three different parent and child 'teams' were involved in worship, preaching and organisation.    

Many of us think of encouraging a child's prayer life, their Bible reading or Christian fellowship when it comes to nurturing them in their relationship with Jesus.  These are inner disciplines (Habits 1-3) and social disciplines (habit 4), but have we considered the power of the outer disciplines (Habits 5-7) and doing them together? Examples are serving together in some area, e.g. door roster, morning tea roster or church cleaning, etc..  Children who not only witness their parents serving, but actually serve with them build a strong spiritual foundation for the future.  

It's God's desire to bring the hearts of families together (Malachi 4:6) so how can we use these kind of opportunities together? 

Pastor Andrew

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Saying grace before meals and prayers before bedtime are two proven ways to foster your child's spiritual awareness. Coming up with your own variations of these rituals can make them even more meaningful. In the household I grew up in we memorised prayers.  One of my favourites is, "Be present at our table Lord, Be here and everywhere adored, Your kindness bless and grant that we, May strengthened for Your service be.  Amen." There are also other ways to use prayer in everyday moments to further your children and young people's faith development. For example, if you are out driving and you see a police car or an ambulance  going to a scene in a hurry, you can pray "Keep them all safe, Jesus," together with others in the car.  That way they will know that God is always listening.  

Pastor Andrew. 

15 September 2019

WHAT IS INFANT DEDICATION?

Dedicating children to God has a rich history.  In 1 Samuel 1:28 Hannah and Elkanah ‘give their baby to God,’ in Luke 2:28 Joseph and Mary present Jesus to the Lord, and in Mark 10:16 Jesus does the same thing with little children: ‘He took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.’   Dedicating children to God is a number of things:   

  • giving thanks to God for the gift of a child;  
  • the parents public commitment to raise their child in a way that honours God and honours the child;  
  • an outward expression of the parents inward desire to grow the faith of their child to a stage where they are able to make their own commitment to Jesus as Saviour;  
  • acknowledgement of the parents responsibility before God to develop a home life full of love and security;  
  • and a chance to be prayed for so that all these things might happen!  

Infant dedication is not a guarantee that they will become a born again Christian.  We hope they do, but it will be a decision they’ll have to make for themselves at an appropriate age and we welcome their baptism at an age when they understand what they are doing.  

Pastor Andrew  

1 September 2019

I think it is great that once a year we get to acknowledge our men. Many of them are our unsung heroes. They are not perfect by any means, but their words, their work, and their presence has been a source of support, strength and spirituality over our years. 

Today I want to ask you is there a man you can thank for their presence in your life. It needn't be your Dad - just someone who you appreciate, but you might never have said thank you to. How could you thank them this week? You ask, 'What has this got to do with a Faith at Home?' Well Christian are natural encouragers and we acknowledge those who have left a good legacy for us. When we thank others we model something previous for our mokopuna and they may, in turn, come to thank us! (Exodus 20:12). Happy Dad's Day. 

Pastor Andrew

21 july 2019

Why do we come to worship each Sunday?  

This is the single most powerful way we become more like Jesus.  How does it do this?   The worship service involves a series of powerful spiritual disciplines such as praise, confession, fellowship, teaching, prayer, serving, etc. that shape us.     

Why would I want to do this?   

God's goal is for your character to become like Jesus.  The more we become like Jesus the more whole and complete we become.  We find our peace and our purpose in life.    

Any other reasons to come?   

We belong and attend because we love God and want to be like Him.  Why would I not come on Sunday morning?   You are sick, or working, or maybe you don't understand why you were placed upon earth!  

  

Pastor Andrew


30 june 2019

The Gentle Art of Listening

Many of us want to be closer to our family. How does this happen? One of the ways is through good listening. Here are some tips: 

1. Choose your moments. When they just arrive home isn’t always the best time. Talking in the car is a great place for most kids. Some people make a special one-on-one time at least once a month. 

2. Pay attention to their body language. Let this will guide you on how to proceed. 

3. When people open up to you, especially teens it’s often good to stay neutral rather than overreact. 

4. Focusing on hearing them, rather than problem solving. Sometimes we just need to be heard. 

5. Ask questions that help them explore their issue rather than probe them for information! 

6. A bit of reassurance at the end is always good. 

The more your family come away from sharing thinking ‘I feel better’ the more likely they are to talk again in the future. Good listening this week everyone. 

Pastor Andrew

9 JUNE 2019

Last weekend I attended QB Leadership training, it was an inspiration to be among young leaders full of passion for the Lord

and sold out to reach teens with the message of Jesus. It is the individual that carries the teaching/seed that is planted in their hearts from these gatherings back to their church community. This might seem a giant task for one small person. But small things matters to God. 

Jesus teaches us the value of little things, He called the 12 disciples out of a few small villages, not from a worldwide search for the most qualified candidates. He stopped for the little children who came to be blessed by Him. He taught us that a

simple act done to the least of the people we encounter is a service to God Himself. Our seemingly small efforts can have a great impact beyond our imagination because God is at work in them. "Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches." Luke 13:18-19

Keep doing the small things in life. Keep praying for that one person. Keep serving in the area that God

called you to serve in. Keep doing the one small thing for the Lord. God delights in the little things. God works in the little things. 

Pastor Jacqueline