by Christine Matthias

As the LCANZ’s child, youth and family ministry department, Grow Ministries’ mission is to serve, partner and resource congregations and families to share and foster the faith journeys of people of all ages.

As part of this commitment, Grow has developed the new children’s ministry resource GROW Kids. This is a lectionary-based children’s ministry curriculum designed for cultivating lifelong faith. Providing a lesson plan for each Sunday of the church year, it helps you share Jesus’ love with children in your congregation. As you lead each session, you in turn are helping to ‘grow kids’ in knowing Jesus through storytelling and in responding to his love through worship and service.

We understand that often groups of children who gather for a children’s ministry program are small and that the ages vary. This resource provides opportunities for you to tailor the sessions to meet the needs of the children in your group.

See a sample of GROW Kids or buy it as an instant download at www.growministries.org.au/00-grow-kids-curriculum/

You can also save 25 per cent when you buy GROW Kids as part of a YEAR A resource bundle.

CONNECTING WORSHIP WITH HOME

Growing Faith at Home is another weekly lectionary-based resource from Grow Ministries. It connects weekly congregational worship with the faith life of the home from Monday to Saturday and is designed to help parents and grandparents pass on the Christian faith away from church or school. There are aids for individual or household devotions, including Bible readings, prayers and blessings. It includes ideas and suggestions to help households live out, share and celebrate faith together throughout the week, every week.

Growing Faith at Home Resource for Year A – 2022/2023 is available now at www.growministries.org.au/02-2022-2023-year-a and as a bundle with GROW Kids and children’s addresses.

TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON THE SEASON

We all know Christmas is coming and it’s easy to miss the joy and importance of Advent – the time when we reflect on and count down to Christ’s coming. Grow’s GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) Advent resource provides a time to share Advent rituals and traditions passed down through generations, as well as make new ones.

Designed to serve congregations, schools and homes, GIFT Advent includes activities and templates, worship and event ideas and is filled with intergenerational activities and take-home sheets for families. You can buy GIFT Advent as an instant download at www.growministries.org.au/product/gift-advent/

Christine Matthias is Grow Ministries Resource Coordinator.

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