Home Huddles - Issue #137
Several years ago, First United Methodist Church in Fargo, North Dakota, began a culture shift. Believing that the home is the primary setting for forming faith, the church began providing daily resources for families to talk together about their faith. The resources are provided through downloadable documents available on the church website. For at least fifteen minutes a day, families (with or without children) are encouraged to use the FAITH 5 for their "home huddle."
The FAITH 5 includes:
- Sharing your highs and lows of the day.
- Reading Scripture (usually related to the texts used in worship).
- Talking about how the Scripture relates to your day.
- Praying for your family or small group and for the world.
- Blessing one another (provided in the home huddle resources).
On Sunday mornings, one of the worship options includes a time in which all ages meet together; and then after about fifteen minutes, those fifth grade and younger move into sessions designed for them.
Following the worship service, parents of the K–5th-grade children join their children for a learning experience, such as a craft, game, viewing a video clip, or a service project. The morning closes with a home huddle, sharing prayer concerns, and a blessing.
The energy and commitment to this model of faith formation has been gratifying. Parents arrive on Sundays asking, "What are we going to do today?" Grandparents bring their grandchildren; one godmother brings her godchild. Parents believe that the home huddles have improved communication in their homes and provide safe places for conversation, questions, and addressing difficult issues.
Some Questions for Discussion
- How does your congregation support faith formation in the home?
- What are the primary settings for intentional faith formation in your congregation?
- How does your church partner with families to teach the faith?