(Recommended for age 2)
Establish the practice of praying for and giving a blessing to your child on a routine basis.
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One of the core values of St. Paul Lutheran Church is that God designed the family as the primary place for discipleship. The Faith Path initiative exists to partner with you as you guide your child’s spiritual journey one step at a time. Age appropriate kits have been created to help you leverage the best faith formation strategy for your child’s stage of development. In this Blessing kit you will find practical ideas and suggested resources to help you begin the process of blessing your child. We urge you to start today by taking the following simple steps.
STEP ONE: LEARN
We have provided a short video (above) that explains this particular Faith Path step. You will hear from both experts and ordinary families as they describe the importance of giving the blessing and share practical suggestions from their experiences. You will also find a guide that offers practical tips and what we consider the best resources on the topic.
STEP TWO: START
To help you begin a daily blessing routine, this kit includes a card to frame and place beside your child’s bed. You will also find a coin to carry as a reminder of the five elements of an effective blessing. When your child is old enough, you can give the coin as a symbol of your parental blessing. Go ahead and choose what days and times you bless your child and mark it on your schedule right now in order to turn good intentions into practice.
STEP THREE: TAKE IT HOME EVENT
Every November families are invited to our “Blessing Take-It-Home Event.” This event provides an opportunity to hear and learn about what a blessing is and have the chance to practice it with your kids. This event takes place during the sermon time of our 9:15 service. Parents and their kids are dismissed from church at the appropriate time. Postcards will be mailed to families to at the end of October to announce the date of the event or you may contact the church office for that information.
If you are a member of St. Paul you will receive an email at select birthdays with information on how to get the free kit appropriate for his or her age. In order to confirm that your e-mail and birthday information are correct, please e-mail the appropriate information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you find this kit helpful in the process of forming the faith of your child at home.
Blessing Guide (PDF)
Blessing Verse (PDF