Families Called to Hope
The 2016 Christian Home Month resource is for family ministry leaders, ministry teams, and council chairpersons/coordinators in local congregations. It is designed to help local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home and to celebrate Christian Home Month. Although Christian Home Month is typically celebrated during the month of May, congregations may choose any month of the year to focus on the Christian home and its key role as a center for faith formation.
Our theme for 2016 is Families Called to Hope. We live in a tumultuous time; the television news, Internet, and other forms of media inundate us with images and stories of violence, political controversy, inequality, and hate. It seems that sin, violence, and corruption surround us and take all the joy out of living. We have much to fear. Yet, we know that as Christians we are called to be a people of hope. We hope for a better world where everyone will feel and experience God’s love, peace, justice, and grace.
This downloadable PDF includes worship service resources, a retreat plan, and devotional activities for families as they foster a spirit of hope in their homes. We trust that you will find something in this resource that will inspire, encourage, and affirm you as you continue in this important work to which you are called.
Additional Resources: Webinar
Christian Home Month — Practicing Liturgy and Ritual (Airs live on April 5. Recording will be available.)
Additional Resources: Recommended Reading
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull, Yuyi Morales
Brothers of Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams and R. Gregory Christie
Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt
Island of Hope: The Journey to America and the Ellis Island Experience by Martin W. Sandler
Books for Young Readers about Hope, Courage and Resilience in Challenging Times compiled by Sasha Lauterbach and Marion Reynolds
A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression by Gary E. Nelson
Hidden in Christ by James Bryan Smith
Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson