Families play a critical role in God’s kingdom and the call to make disciples. They are the primary means God uses to disciple the next generation.

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, that the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”

Psalm 78:5-7

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

God calls parents to raise their children in the faith, to disciple them, and to instruct them in the ways of His Word. We recognize that this task is a weighty one. It may cause you to feel overwhelmed, fearful and stressed. But we want you to know that you are not alone.

First and foremost, we must remember that we serve a God who is in control and who has a deep and passionate love to provide and care for your children. Secondly, it is our heart at Gashland EPC to come alongside you as parents and help you  disciple your children.

Our mission statement for family ministries is “Equip. Disciple. Worship.” We want to equip parents to disciple their children so that God may be worshipped from one generation to the next.

Upcoming Family Ministries Events At a Glance:

Soul Care: Spiritual Disciplines for Parents - A Family Ministry Seminar || April 18th

See below for more details!

Soul Care: Spiritual Disciplines for Parents – A Family Ministry Seminar

Saturday, April 18

What: As parents we often find ourselves worn out, exhausted, and depleted emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This is why there is always an urgent need for soul care. Because of this the purpose of the Family Ministry Seminar is to help equip and encourage parents in a variety of spiritual disciplines so that they may care well for their own soul and in doing so be empowered to care well for their children’s. Whether spiritual disciplines are completely new to you or you regularly practice spiritual disciplines, this seminar is for all. 

When: Saturday April 18th from 8:30am – 11:45pm.

Where: Gashland EPC

Who is this for: Parents/Grandparents who have kids in Children Ministries and Student Ministries; Expecting Parents; Anyone who is interested. 

Cost: Free

Other Details:

  • Coffee and donuts will be provided
  • Free child care provided during the seminar
  • A drawing for some free giveaways!

Recommended Resource:

Raised By Grace: A Family Discipleship Guide

As parents we know that God has called us to disciple our children. But questions remain… How do we disciple our kids? What does that actually look like? How does does discipleship change as our kids mature and get older?

What you will find in this Family Discipleship Guide is a practical and easy approach to discipling your children in everyday life. We have broken down family discipleship into four basic categories: 1) Reading the Word; 2) Prayer; 3) Everyday Moments; and 4) Family Worship. We believe that each one of these categories is essential to discipling your children and raising them in the faith.

Therefore, in the following guide you will find an explanation of each of these categories and then some practical ways to apply each of those categories for your child’s specific age group. These are things that anybody can do and that you can implement even in the midst of busy schedules. So if you are wondering how to disciple your kids, this guide is a practical and easy place to start. Available on Amazon. 

Parenting Websites:

Parenting & Media

Parenting Articles:

5 Tips For Establishing a Devotional Routine with your Toddler

Jared Kennedyhttp://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/five-tips-devotional-routine-toddler/

Hard Truths For Modern Parents

Harriet Connerhttps://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/hard-truths-modern-parents/

3 Ways To Pass On Faith To The Next Generation

Tim Kellerhttps://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-ways-pass-faith-next-generation/

How To Teach Kids To Understand The Bible

Sara Wallacehttps://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-teach-kids-to-understand-the-bible/

3 Reasons Why Moms Need ‘The New City Catechism’

Amelia Rodgers https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/3-reasons-why-moms-need-the-new-city-catechism/

How Should a Parent Respond To Public Humiliation?

Chap Bettis https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-should-a-parent-respond-to-public-humiliation/

When Kids Won’t Bow To Your Idols

Jennifer Phillips https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/when-kids-wont-bow-to-your-idols/

4 Painful Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

Jasmine Holmes https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-painful-lies-stay-at-home-moms-tell-themselves/

6 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Bible

Jon Nielson https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/6-ways-to-teach-your-kids-the-bible/

Hope When Your Children Stray

Nick Batzig https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/hope-when-your-children-stray/

The Heart of Middle-School Meanness

Kristen Hatton https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/heart-of-middle-school-meanness/

5 Principles For Disciplining Your Children

Melissa Kruger https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-principles-for-disciplining-your-children/

How to Play and Watch Sports as a Christian

Gavin Peacock https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/in-the-arena/

5 Lessons My Parents Taught Me About Sexuality

Jaquelle Crowe https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-lessons-my-parents-taught-me-about-sexuality/

4 Reasons Your Kids Should Sit With You On Sunday

Jared Bridges https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-reasons-your-kids-should-sit-with-you-on-sunday/

How To Talk To Your Kids About Gender

Mark Spansel https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-gender/

5 Reasons You Should Prioritize Family Worship

Donald Whitney https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/5-reasons-you-should-prioritize-family-worship/

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