A Celebration of God’s Amazing Creativity and Diversity

This resource is designed to inspire Christian families to honor and prayerfully support families of all shapes and sizes.  It will engage them in conversations and activities that will help them identify and appreciate the many characteristics that shape families today.  Valuing Families may be used by individual families as devotional offerings or by congregational leaders as content for family or intergenerational events.  The various components of this resource may be used together or at separate times to nurture integrity within individual families and a strong sense of community with others in God’s Family. 

Please feel free to download and adapt this resource to enrich your own intent.  A flyer has been designed for you to promote this resource in your own context for ministry among friends, families and other members of your congregation.  If you have access to the full version of Adobe Acrobat, you may customize the flyer to include your own information or you may print out the flyer and add your own information in the space provided before reproducing it.  There is also a thematic poster for you to download, enlarge and display as a visual aid for teaching or promotion.  

Scan through the following outline and click on the various titles to access the files you desire. Adobe Acrobat Reader required.  Most computers already have it.  If yours doesn't, click here to download it free:

If you’d like a print copy of Valuing Families you may send $10.00 to cover photocopies, postage and handling to: Garland Pierce, Associate Director for Education and Leadership Ministries, National Council of Churches, Suite 880, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.  Direct inquiries may be made to him by email at gpierce@ncccusa.org.

Program Outline

Helps for Leaders:

·   Promotional Flyer
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   Thematic Poster
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   Coloring Sheet 
·
   Tips for Parents & Other Leaders in Intergenerational Ministry
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   Bulletin Insert

Gathering or Introductory Activities:

·   Family Autographs - Activity Description
    
·   Autograph sheet
    
·   Ephesians 3 reference sheet

·   Culture Collage  - Activity Description
    
·   Genesis 1 reference sheet
    
·   “God’s Family” reference sheet

 Devotional Activities:

·   Family Snapshots  - Activity Description
    
·   Family Photo Frame
    
·   Family ?!! game board
    
·   Conversation cards
    
·   Game Play sheet
    
·   Ephesians 3 reference sheet
    
·   Romans 8 reference sheet

·   “All in the Family” Prayer Cloth  - Activity Description
    
·   Ephesians 3 reference sheet

·   Call to Action  -  Activity Description
    
·  1 John 3 reference sheet

Blessings for Families:
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    Leader-led Blessing and Now & Then Litany

Relevant Resources
·   Spier, Peter, "People," Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York. 1980. ISBN: 0-385-13182-8
·   Brown, Alan and Langley, Andrew. "What I Believe: A Young Person's Guide to the Religions of the World."
    
Transedition and Fernleigh Books. 1999. ISBN: 1898250804

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Writer:  Susan Lennertson
Art Design: Ginny Campbell
Editor/Contributor/ Web Development: Mim Campbell
Reviewers: Martha Miller, Anne Tuohy, Garland Pierce

Need a printed copy?   Send $10 to cover photocopying, postage and handling to: Garland Pierce, Associate Director for Education and Leadership Ministries, National Council of Churches, Suite 880, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 USA.  Direct inquiries to him by e-mail at gpierce@ncccusa.org

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