Category Archives: Wednesday Night Programs

Children’s Ministry Resource: Group’s Faithweaver Parents

Faithweaver Parents

Group Publishing

Coming Fall 2010

Where Does A Parent Learn To Be A Parent

New Curriculum Helps Parents Develop a Spiritual Foundation for Their Kids

For years, parents have been encouraged to take an active role in their childen’s spiritual development, but oftentimes the primary responsibility falls on the shoulders of the church. In many cases, it’s because parents don’t know where to turn.

As churches are looking for ways to equip parents to apply spiritual teaching in their everyday parenting, Group Publishing has developed special small group curriculum for parents to meet that need. The curriculum is designed specifically to give parents the tools they need to guide and encourage their children’s spiritual growth.

The new small group curriculum, which launches this fall in churches around the country, is part of Group’s FaithWeaver line of resources, which includes classes for all ages. Each week, everyone studies and discusses the same Bible point at an age-appropriate level. At the same time, parents learn how to teach their children the same concept in practical ways.

To order this new Curriculum, click here.

Faithweaver Parent Handbook

Faithweaver Parent Leader’s Guide 

FaithWeaver Parent is a small group resource custom for veteran parents, grandparents, and newbies! FaithWeaver Parent empowers and equips parents to have confident faith conversations with their kids:

  • Busy parents don’t have to put something new on their calendars—FaithWeaver Parent occurs during regular adult Sunday school (no extra trips to church!).
  • Parents are equipped with the Bible background, why the lesson matters, what it means, and how it relates to everyday life—correlating with the same lesson their children are learning.
  • Powerful things happen when parents share ideas , mentor, and fellowship with one another.
  • Try a free sample lesson now!

    Wednesday Night Programs

    Wednesday nights used to be about boys and girls clubs. But times have changed. Boys and girls clubs aren’t as popular among kids today. A few churches may still have effective kid’s clubs, but most need to think out of the box and change their Wednesday night programs. Not all churches are alike. What works in one community might not work in another. So you need to decide what works best for you. Here’s a few options for Wednesday night.

    Clubs: If you do decide clubs work well for you, why not do them with a twist. AWANA and Pioneers For Christ  are clubs that combine boys and girls are very effective.

    Rotating Program: If you want to have more of a teaching program, Wednesday nights are a great time to have a rotating program. Have a snack leader, a craft leader, a Bible story lesson leader, and a game leader. Have the children rotate between these stations. Each age group is taught the same lessons at each station. Faithweaver Friends by Group Publishing has their curriculum set up like this, but any curriculum could be used this way.

    Discipleship/Ministry Groups: If the children who come on Wednesday night are the core children in your children’s ministry, consider using this time for a discipleship group. You can teach the children how to minister and give them opportunities to do so. You could use this time to teach drama, witnessing tools, prayers, etc.

    Family Ministry: Use Wednesday nights for a time of family ministry. Families can sit together and eat together. After a devotion is presented to everyone, families discuss how to apply it to their lives.

    Missions/Outreach: You may want to use Wednesday night as a time to involve children in missions and outreach. Teach children about missions. Give them opportunities reach out to missionaries and children in other lands. Plan times to visit nursing homes, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters. There are a lot of ways you can use this. Here’s some ideas for a complete missions program. There are some great teaching resources too like PrayKids, Kids of Courage, and Teaching Kids Missions.

    Upward Sports Ministries: For years, children’s pastors have complained about children being drawn away from the church by sports programs. Parents have complained that children have to choose between going to church and being involved in sports. Upward Sports Ministries answers that dilema with a program that involves children in sports at church while teaching them the Word of God. It’s the best of both worlds.