October Parent Connection

Mrs. Friend - SCCS Faith Integration Specialist

2019-2020 Storyline

This year at SCCS we are looking at God’s epic story through the lens of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. We will be taking a whirlwind tour from Genesis through Revelation. Our storyline “Between the Trees” is an image of how we are living our lives in the time between the tree of life in Genesis 2 and the tree of life in Revelation 22. We celebrate the world God has made, but long for the day when sin will be no more. While we wait for that day, we seek God's restoration in all of life. We are thankful that we can partner with the Northwestern College drama department in bringing to life the Scripture passages led by the 7/8 drama team each month.

October - The Fall: What a Mess!

We are focusing on “What a Mess! (the Fall)” during the month of October. We mourn the brokenness we see around us, but take joy knowing that our world belongs to God. The 7th/8th graders did a great job helping us enter into the sad story in Genesis 3. Pastor Monroe from 1st CRC challenged us to not only recognize the brokenness in our world, but also to look at ourselves and honestly confess the times when we have been disobedient. He also pointed us to the cross where there is forgiveness and grace. I would encourage you to watch our chapel and also the Storyline song for October below. Click on the pictures below to see a larger version of each picture.

Storyline Chapel: "What a Mess!" (Fall)
Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Lyrics And Chords)

October Connection Groups

Besides reflecting on the brokenness in this world through images and discussion, the students will also be watching two short videos based on Kevin DeYoung's book The Biggest Story. If you get a chance to watch these at home I think you would really enjoy them. We will be taking a chapter or two every month throughout the school year. The first two videos summarize the Biblical story of creation and the fall.
The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film (Chapter 1)
The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film (Chapter 2)

Online Class through Vibrant Faith Ministries

In order to help with both my faith formation work at school and also for Faith Formation Ministries, I am taking an online class entitled Strategies for Family Faith Formation. I am enjoying it very much. One of the books we are using is Faith Formation with a New Generation by John Roberto. I would highly recommend it if you are interested in the topic! Below is one of the documents from one of the sessions that has helped shaped my thinking. I'm am looking forward to exploring these six shifts more closely throughout this class.
Big picture

Key Factors: Family Faith

In the class I was also interested to learn that research studies over the past twenty years continue to affirm the following factors that make a significant difference in promoting faith in children and adolescents:

  • Parents' personal faith and practice
  • A close and warm parent-child relationship
  • Parent modeling and teaching a religious faith
  • Parent involvement in church life and Sunday worship
  • Grandparent religious influence and relationship
  • Family conversations about faith
  • Family faith religious practices including praying, reading the Bible, serving others, and celebrating religious holidays and rituals