“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Deuteronomy 6: 5-7

1st and 3rd Family Dinners
no cooking (for you!) involved!!!

Fellowship with other believers- we all know it’s crucial to our Christian walk, but sometimes it’s so hard to SCHEDULE.  Do you ever find yourself chatting with another nice family at church (with your children running in circles around you) and think to yourself:  I need to get to know them better? Or even: I wonder if they have this parenting thing all figured out?

1st and 3rd Families is a small group designed to fit into your busy schedule! We are a mid-week oasis for fellowship among families. Dinner and a babysitter all provided!  We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from 6-8 pm at MAFMC.

“Family dinner” begins for everyone at 6.  We eat a simple meal and fellowship together from 6-6:45.  From 6:45-8, older children (Kindergarten through high school) can head off to CLC or youth group.  We have a special class just for 4 year olds, where they can learn Biblical truth in a fun way, and our youngest children (ages 3 and under) are cared for in the nursery by experienced volunteers from our congregation. For that hour, adults enjoy casual small group conversations centered around growing healthy family relationships and living out faith at home. It’s a place to share what’s going on in our lives and lift each other up in prayer.  So please, come fellowship and recharge with us. If you and your little ones need to leave earlier than 8 (we all need our beauty rest) stay as long as you can.  All are welcome!  Questions? Contact Adrienne.  Hope to see you there!

So what do we talk about at 1st and 3rd?  

This spring we read “The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God” by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller.

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We really enjoyed this in-depth look at God’s blueprint for a healthy, loving and lifelong relationship, and had some great discussions!

Here are our previous book picks (all of which we recommend!):

“Too Busy Not to Pray” by Bill Hybels.  As the book jacket describes:

“Most of us have trouble finding time to pray.  There’s church and school and neighborhood and job and friends and recreation. And then the crises hit! Time for prayer seems impossible to find.”  We’d add parenting to the list too!  As a group, we appreciated the transparency of Pastor Hybels, and his straightforward approach.  The ideas in this book are practical and are helping us learn to slow down to be with God.

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“The 5 Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman. Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.  We had some great discussions working through this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Impress Faith on Your Kids” by Mark Holmen. One of the topics he discusses is creating rituals like blessing your children.  Hear him in his own words, in a funny and emotionally stirring way, describe the beginning of this tradition in his family:

 

Check out our blog: www.d6families.blogspot.com

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The point of the blog? Resources, tips, ideas, thoughts for helping those with kids at home live out their faith in a meaningful way, and impress that faith on those kids!  

What’s a “D:6″ moment? Studies show that the most important spiritual influences on a child’s life are not friends, teachers, a pastor/youth pastor or even the church itself…. it’s what they see at home! At MAFMC, we want to come alongside families to help make them stronger.

A “D:6:” moment is when an adult, typcially Mom or Dad, uses an everyday teachable moment to impress their faith upon their child’s heart, just as it talks about in Deuteronomy 6. We’ve started recording a few “D:6″ stories of our own.  This one is told by the kids in the primary school kids Sunday School class.  Their teacher, Mrs. Goran, took an every day moment and used it to teach the kids about thankfulness and seeing God’s hand at work in the little details of our lives- even in a piece of macaroni! 

Here’s a D:6 moment from Suzanne and Ben, mother and son. They share about how remembering to pray can help us all through the storms of life, and how our children can become our teachers!