New groups should devote their first several meetings to writing the group’s covenant. Begin with the General Rule of Discipleship, which is the starting point for all Covenant Discipleship covenants. Remind the children that the covenant is a statement of their intentions for living as disciples of Jesus Christ through acts of devotion, worship, compassion, and justice. Their actions as Christian disciples may involve more than they include in a written covenant, but those included in the covenant are actions that the group promises to live out each week.
Preamble: We want to love God and our neighbors. We want to witness to Jesus Christ in the world through acts of devotion, worship, Compassion, and justice guided by the Holy Spirit. We promise these things to God. We know that God will forgive us when we make a mistake but we will be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Acts of Devotion
Read my Bible each week
Pray for my family, my friends, others in my covenant group, and myself
Acts of Worship
Attend worship each week
As a group, learn about the Christian Year
Acts of Compassion
Write, call, or Skype a grandparent or another family member or friend
Visit older adults in long-term care facilities
Acts of Justice
Learn about caring for God’s creation and organize a recycling project
Learn about homelessness and eat lunch and visit with guests at a homeless shelter
(Invite children to write their own personal clauses.)
Covenant Conclusion: We promise to follow this covenant, trusting in God’s grace to help us love God and our neighbor in all that we do.
I will be a faithful member of my group as we encourage and support each other.
Signatures of Group Members
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