In the Bible we learn that it is the parents’ responsibility to evangelize and disciple their children (Deut 6, Psalm 78 and Eph 4) ,and that we as the Church are to support parents in their discipleship efforts. We discovered that parents (ourselves included) had been trained to drop off children and let the church do the evangelizing and discipleship. This philosophy revealed a place of disorder that would require transformation to Biblical order. New initiatives to align our vision with parents’ responsibility have become our focus. Motivating, encouraging, challenging, and resourcing churches, Christians, and parents to bring the action of discipleship home have become our primary activities. Our emphasis is shifting. Where we once equipped teachers to disciple children in their Sunday School classes, we see this season requiring emphasis on the equipping of parents to disciple their children in their homes. Taking it home, so that Christ becomes the center of the home and inspires parents to take the lead in the spiritual growth of their children, is our primary focus.
Join Us in Making September 9, 2018
(National Grandparents’ Day)
A Grandparents’ Day of Prayer
Are you a praying grandparent who believes in the power of prayer on behalf of your grandchildren?
By Sherry Schumann, St. Paul’s Church, Summerville
If you wander through a Hallmark store during the final weeks of August, you’ll notice cards celebrating National Grandparents Day. You won’t find any cards for Grandparents Day of Prayer, even though its date coincides with National Grandparents Day. Grandparents Day isn’t a day for grandparents to receive flowers, candy or cards. It’s a day for grandparents to pray corporately for their grandchildren.
Every year, National Grandparents Day and Grandparents Day of Prayer occur on the second Sunday of September, which place it close to the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. This year, the second Sunday falls on September 9th. Can you think of a better way to commemorate those who died in the attacks than to gather and pray for the future generations of our great nation?
Like it or not, we are in a spiritual battle for the hearts, souls and minds of our children and grandchildren. The enemy is using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures to launch an aggressive attack on the family unit. If we are in a spiritual battle, we need a spiritual weapon. Prayer is the greatest weapon in our arsenal.
Grandparents Day of Prayer can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Your options are limitless. Some churches host a prayer breakfast before the Sunday morning service, while others host afternoon teas or evening desserts in someone’s home.
Food isn’t necessary. Last year, our church celebrated Grandparents Day of Prayer by recognizing the grandparents in the congregation and setting aside time during the service for grandparents to pray for their grandchildren. It’s essential, though, that grandparents realize the importance of praying for their grandchildren.
Will you unite in prayer on September 9, 2018, with grandparents around the world? Will you consider launching a Grandparents Day of Prayer event at your church?
For more information, please contact Sherry Schumann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the website of Christian Grandparenting Network … https://christiangrandparenting.net/grandparents-day-of-prayer/ .