For our new Family Life Class, aimed at adults of a younger age and their families, we are launching a 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 videos will stay on St. Martin’s Facebook page and YouTube channel so you can watch when it is convenient. We hope that this will help you think through your faith more deeply and work out why you believe what you believe, as well as help your family grow together in faith.

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
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A Guide for Discussion with Younger Children


This guide contains a short explanation for this week’s topic in a child-friendly way. After you’ve listened to or watched this week’s teaching, 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! It can be something you explore together, discuss, find out more and pray about too. We hope this guide helps you dig into some of these deeper questions of faith as a family.

Christianity: Boring, Irrelevant, Untrue?

“Get a Life!” What if we used that phrase as a way to understand more about the Christian life? Jesus has many ideas about what the gift of life means for us. What does the gift of life mean to you? Think about the following questions with your family.

Questions to discuss with your children
  • What does it mean to have life?
  • What would a friend or your family say about your life?
  • Jesus says he is life. John 14:6. What do you think that means about your life?