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Parent Study

Living as Holy Families:
A Video Study for Christian Parents
with the Rev. Dr. Marcus & Jessica Carlson

Pastor Marcus and Jessica Carlson, and their children, Micah and Abby

The purpose of this small-group study is to give parents, grand- parents and other adults the resources to be better equipped to build the faith of their children. Parenting can be challenging, especially in these times and in our ever-changing culture. During this six-week study, we look at what it means to build the faith of our children and better foster Holy Families in our homes, churches and communities.

This study will include a look at the Biblical image of family; an examination of how our children think, learn and grow; a discussion of the culture in which they are growing up; and an examination of how their faith forms and develops. Throughout this study we will talk about our roles in the faith formation of our children and consider the practical tools and resources that will help us as we disciple our children. Using story, the Scriptures, research and experience, this study is intended to engage, educate and encourage you. We hope, trust and pray this study will be a blessing to you, your children and your family. We also pray the Holy Spirit would use this study to work in your church and community and with each child you know.

Free Study Downloads and Video Sessions:

Permission is granted to freely download and reproduce the pages of this PDF. Groups may choose to print the full document as a 16 page booklet, or simply reproduce the pages of each individual session for use as single sheet back-to-back handouts.

FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF:  Holy Families Parent Study: Participant Booklet
(a six session printable resource for parents and other caring adults)

FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF:  Holy Families Parent Study: Leader's Guide
(a guide for leaders of the study, with additional notes and suggestions)

Videos Presentations for this study can be accessed through the links below, where they are posted on YouTube. 

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #1 (The Biblical Concept of Family)

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #2 (The Development of Children)

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #3 (Faith Formation in Children)

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #4 ("Three-Legged Stool" of Faith)

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #5 (Parents' Role in Faith Formation)

ONLINE:  Parents' Study Video Session #6 (Practical Tips for Parents)