Our Family Life Class, aimed at adults of a younger age and their families, we is studying new course, Alpha for Families. This is the well-known Alpha Course designed to encourage family conversations with your spouse or children about some of the ‘big’ questions of faith.

Every Sunday, we will watch a 15-20 minute video about a big question (e.g. “How do I have faith?” or “Does God heal today?”). You can watch alone or with your spouse, kids or friends! There’ll be a few ‘pauses’ in the message for you to think about what you believe and discuss it with whomever you’re watching.

For younger children, you will find a conversation starter guide in the email and on the website. So, after you watch the teaching, you can start having deeper faith conversations with your younger kids who might not sit through the video.

The Rev. Dr. Suse E. McBay
Associate for Adult Christian Education and Prayer Ministries

The Rev. Alex D. Graham III
Associate for Children and Family Ministries
Please do not reply to this email.
To respond to this Bible study, please email
the Rev. Marty Bastian at lgallien@stmartinsepiscopal.org.
A Guide for Discussion with Younger Children


We encourage you to use this guide to have a conversation with your children. Maybe over dinner, before bed or on a drive somewhere, there are always opportunities to start talking with our kids about some of these basic beliefs of Christians, and to help them think it through for themselves. You, as their parents, have an important role to play in giving them permission to ask these questions, and you do not have to have all of the answers!

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Father, Son and who?? The dictionary says a spirit is the “non-physical part of a person, a soul.” So, the Holy Spirit is like the soul of God. But after Jesus was raised from the dead, the Holy Spirit came to fill everyone who wanted to follow Jesus. Discuss these questions to understand more about what that means.

  • Do you think the Holy Spirit is important? Do you think other people think the Holy Spirit is important?
  • If you believe, then the Holy Spirit is with you! Does that make you feel loved by God even more? If so, why.
  • Do you believe the Holy Spirit wants to be in your life? What do you think it might mean for you to have the Holy Spirit in you?