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
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To respond to this Bible study, please email
the Rev. Alex Graham III at agraham@stmartinsepiscopal.org.
A Guide for Discussion with Younger Children

Welcome!

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!

Why and How Should I Tell Others?

Jesus gave his disciples lots of examples of what being his follower looks like to others. One example he gave was that it was like being salt in food. Salt brings out the flavor of the food and without salt it wouldn’t be as tasty! He also said his followers are like lights - and lights are there to be used and show people the way in the dark, not hidden away so the light goes to waste. We who call ourselves Christians are designed to share our faith with the world - to be salt and light - bringing out the goodness and showing the way to God in the world

  • How can you be ‘salt and light’?
  • What story could you share of where God has helped you in some way?
  • Where do you find it hard to share what you believe with others?