One of our Core Values is to ENCOURAGE families. To help in this effort we intend to plan several events all geared toward families throughout the year. However, beyond that we want to help you learn to teach and train your families at home. This is whether you are single and your family is just you and your church family, or if you are married and don't have children, are married with young kids, or older kids, or if you are navigating through life after the loss of a spouse, whatever season of life you are in.
On this page you will find resources meant to help both EQUIP and ENCOURAGE
Note on Family Worship: Family Worship and Devotional is something that we endeavor to do daily. It can sometimes be a challenge, but it is to be done in obedience to God's commands to teach the truths of His Word to our children.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Recent/ Current Family Devotions used by Pastor Patrick and Family- We have a morning and evening devotional/ worship time.
The Gospel Made Clear to Children- a great way to share the Gospel with your children, it is a collection of letters that help explain the deep truths of the Gospel.
On Your Heart- a 3 year devotional- this works through the whole Bible in 3 years. It has a bible reading each day followed by questions that are meant to help kids learn to study the Word. It is almost a brief inductive study for the whole family
The Infinite for Little Minds- this book explains the Doctrine of God in a way kids can engage. It is done like a story of a dad sharing the truths of God with his kids.
Bibles and Bible Study Tools
Sidenote: Pastor Patrick preaches primarily from the ESV (English Standard Version) , however there are many wonderful translations that stay true to the original text.
ESV Study Bible
John MacArthur Bible
Reformation Study Bible
Family Devotional Guides
Family Worship Guide- Joel Beeke
Coming soon . . . the pictures on here
show our bookshelf of children's/family
worship books. Many of these are excellent sources to train your children in the Word!!
Disciplines of a Godly Man
Women in the Word- Jen Wilkin
Glory in the Ordinary
Adorned by Nancy Wolgemuth
thistlebend.org (has a great daily email devotional)
- Give Them Grace - Elyse Fitzpatrick
- Shepherding A Child's Heart- Ted Tripp
Valley of Vision
Candlelight Service Scripture Reading
Many asked for a copy of the scripture reading from our Candlelight which was all straight from Scripture showing the full picture of the Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. We see how the Bible is all one story. That the baby in the manager is part of a greater narrative of God redeeming and restoring His people.