|Faith Path Stone||Suggested Age/Grade||Date of Event|
|Blessings||Age 2||November 19, 2017|
|Family Time||Age 4||February 4, 2018|
|Prayer||Age 6||March 4, 2018|
|Bible||Age 8||September 27 or October 1, 2017|
|Preparing for Adolescence||4th grade||November 8 or November 12, 2017|
|Worship||5th grade||April 18 or 22, 2018|
|Confirmation||6-8th grades||April 18 or 22, 2018|
|First Communion||6th grade||March 18, 2018|
|Giving and Serving||7th grade||April 11, 2018|
|Purity||8th grade||November 1, 2017|
|Preparing for Independence||Age 16||Continually on 16th birthday|
|Launch||12th grade||January 28, 2018|
WHY: We believe God designed the family to be the primary disciple-making relationship. In other words, God gave parents the privilege of nurturing faith in the next generation. That’s why the Faith Path was created as a step-by-step plan to help you be intentional as you prepare for key faith milestones and foster spiritual disciplines in your child’s faith journey.
WHAT: The Faith Path strategy is intended to help you develop a clear plan to intentionally point your child toward Christ in an age appropriate manner. We hope that you are naturally exposing your child to many of these faith practices from an early age. The Faith Path recommends focusing on particular practices or preparing for certain milestones at specific ages and stages. We will provide you with free packets that include training, resources and ideas to help you guide your child along the path.
WHEN: You can start today regardless of your child’s age or stage of development. Don’t worry if you miss a step or if you start the process with an older child. You can always go back and emphasize earlier steps. We also encourage you to reinforce these practices as your child matures rather than view them as a one-time emphasis. You’ll find recommended resources and ideas for beginning each step in your child’s life and continuing as he or she matures.
One of the core values of St. Paul Lutheran Church is Caring/Family Focus. The Faith Path initiative exists to partner with you as you guide your child’s spiritual journey one step at a time. Please take the following simple steps to begin the process in your family.
WATCH this video. This short video explains the philosophy behind the Faith Path. Please take a few minutes to watch in order to better understand why St. Paul Lutheran Church wants to partner with you in fulfilling your most important parenting assignment.
READ the Faith Path Emails. If your child is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, you will automatically receive emails with options to get the most appropriate Faith Path packet to help you leverage the best faith formation strategy for your child’s stage of development.
START the process of intentionality. Put a day and time on your schedule right now to get started with these two activity options.