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Join us this Sunday at 9:30am in the Teen Center for Partnering with Parents!

Making more and better disciples out of our young people takes a collaborative effort.  Partnering with parents is a “fist bump” from our Family Ministry team to JaxNaz parents.  Hear practical stories, ideas, and encouragement designed to help us do family better.

See you there!

 

did you know?

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We are hosting Matthew Deprez, Sticky Faith coach and speaker, tomorrow evening at JazNaz.  It will be a night filled with compelling research and practical ideas on how to give your kids a faith that will “stick” long term.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is a free event and childcare is available upon request (email ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com). For more info, visit stickyfaith.org/family

What is Sticky Faith?

Kara Eckmann Powell, PhD on “What is Sticky Faith?”

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Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. She holds a BA from Stanford University, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Fuller. Kara lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.

We hope to see you there!

tonight!

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Come on out and join us tonight for our next Sticky Faith event!

6:30-8pm at JaxNaz Church

This event is for parents, grandparents, mentors…anyone who influences the life of a child!

Learn how to create a flourishing connection with your children to help their faith continue into adulthood.

Childcare is provided.  If you are planning on utilizing the childcare, please register your child by contacting Ryanne Johnston @ 517-240-5771 ext. 301 or ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com

Photos from one of our previous Sticky Faith events.  (All are encouraged to attend even if you haven’t attended any of the previous sessions).

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Sticky Faith!

We’ve been working…

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really hard…

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to get everything ready…

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for you tonight!
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Can’t wait to see you there!

Haven’t heard of Sticky Faith?  This is the first of many Sticky Faith sessions we will be hosting to help empower parents to give their children a faith that sticks.

Join us tonight!  

  • 6:30-8pm at JaxNaz Church
  • Childcare Provided (RSVP Ryanne Johnston @ ryannejohnston@jaxnaz.com)
  • Bring a Dessert to Share

See you Soon!

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Has your child ever seen you read the Bible (I’m not talking about at church; I’m talking about sitting quietly in your own home before the Lord, Bible on lap, pen in hand, seeking the heart of God kind of thing)?  This is not a question to induce guilt, but to make you stop and think.  Have they?

We all know that spending time alone with God is vital to our faith and relationship with Him, but somewhere down the line we’ve been taught that our quiet time with God must always be that.  Quiet.  Alone.  As a mother of three young boys, I understand just how comical the words “alone time” are (and even when you are supermom and set your alarm early so that you can spend some time with God, your children have that uncanny sixth sense to somehow awaken from their deep slumber simply because mommy is up, am I right?!).

So do you just give up on alone time with God?  Chalk it up to this “season of life” and hope God’s grace will cover you for the next five ten years?  I don’t think so.  You keep trying to make it a priority in your life and when needed invite your children in to your alone time (gasp!).

Imagine the next time you are sitting quietly in your own home before the Lord, Bible on lap, pen in hand, seeking the heart of God and your child comes strolling down the hall PJ clad and still groggy eyed, instead of closing your Bible and promising yourself you’ll find time to finish later, pull your child up next to you and continue on.  (Now you will need to do some training if this is new for your child.  You can start by briefly explaining what you are doing and why, but the idea is to continue on, explaining as you go).

Read the verses out loud and explain that when something jumps out at you, that’s God speaking to you and that you want to remember it, so you underline it or make notes.  If needed, remind them that you are spending time with God right now, (not talking about your plans for the day).  When it’s time to pray demonstrate how you wait silently on the Lord, listening for His voice.  Show them how to quiet their body, mouth and mind.  Have them close their eyes and encourage them to picture Jesus.  Ask them how we hear God (with our ears?  with our hearts?) and then have them sit silently listening for God (be prepared when God speaks to even your very young children!).  Ask them if God spoke to their heart and then pray out loud, giving your child a chance to pray as well.

You get the idea; really just invite them in to your alone time, allowing them to watch and learn!

You’ll be amazed at the impact this will make on your child’s faith.  The questions they’ll have and the conversations this will foster will deepen their relationship with God and before you know it, your child will come strolling down the hall PJ clad and still groggy eyed, but with Bible and pen in hand, ready to spend their own quiet time with God and it doesn’t get much better than that.

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