This topic has also been covered by:
Christian Century (September 11-12, 2002, p. 22)
Presbyterian's Today (November 2002, p. 6)
When Susan Garrett and Amy Plantinga Pauw could not find suitable material to help their pre-teen children develop a strong pattern of daily devotional time and prayer, they decided to write one of their own.
Other parents must have sympathized with their situation. The book, entitled Making Time for God: Daily Devotions for Children and Families to Share,
was released this past fall by Baker Book House and is already in its second printing.
In addition to being mothers, with five daughters ages five through twelve-years-old between them, Garrett and Pauw are also professors at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The success of their new book has prompted a how-to seminar, ”Sharing a Devotional Life with Children,” that will demonstrate how adults, using their new book, can take an active role in developing a good devotional life with children, and encourage them to turn to the Bible for answers to real-life issues.
Louisville Seminary’s Center for Congregations and Family Ministries
is offering the one-day seminar to parents, practitioners, and ministers who are concerned about the faith development of children. It will be held on February 24, 2003 (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), for the low price of $30 per participant, which includes a copy of the new book, lunch, and light refreshments.
Making Time for God
represents the richness of scripture and draws from most of the books of the Bible, not just a few familiar stories, and includes both the best-loved Bible verses and the harder to understand passages.
“The devotionals deal honestly with difficult topics such as race, diverse religious traditions, divorce, and jealousy,” states the publisher. During the seminar, Garrett and Pauw will devote a special focus on how scripture can be used to talk with children on these and other difficult life issues.
To register for “Sharing a Devotional Life with Children,” contact Laura March
by e-mail at the Center for Congregations and Family Ministries, 502-895-3411 or toll-free 800.264.1839, ext. 470. You can also register on-line
The Center for Congregations and Family Ministries is the proud sponsor of other practical events including:
“Encircling Care: Congregations Caring for Older Adults,” (March 19-22, 2003)
featuring best selling author Sue Miller
(The Good Mother, Reinventing the Abbots,
and others), who will share from her newest book, The Story of My Father
; Anne Streaty Wimberly
, author and lecturer who will present her writings on “aging” from a theological perspective; and Terry Hargrave
, author and counseling specialist who will address caregiving relationships; among other experts and physicians.
“Faith, Families & Congregations,” (May 14-15, 2003)
, the annual, national conference to strengthen leadership in the area of Christian formation in congregations and families, will feature key note speakers Andrew Billingsley
, author of Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African American Families
, and Wendy Wright
, author of Sacred Dwelling: A Spirituality of Family Life
, and a variety of workshops related to family ministry.
LPTS's sister Center at Baylor University will offer their 4th annual Hand in Hand Conference
(April 6-8, 2003), which equips professionals and lay members who work with families, churches, & communities. The conference is co-sponsored with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), Buckner Baptist Benevolences, the Woman's Missionary Union of Texas (WMU), the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW), and the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Highlights include: Keynote Speaker & Worship Leader Dr. J. Alfred Smith,
and Dr. Wendy Wright
, plus workshops on a multitude of cutting edge topics. For more information or to register visit the Center for Family and Community Ministries