faith formation
Tools to help us better understand the heart and mind of Jesus Christ
Best Practices in Family Faith Formation

“Best Practices in Family Faith Formation”, John Roberto:

Contrary to popular misguided cultural stereotypes and frequent parental misconceptions, we believe that the evidence clearly shows that the single most important social influence on the religious and spiritual lives of adolescents is their parents (emphasis added). Grandparents and other relatives, mentors, and youth workers can be very influential as well, but normally, parents are most important in forming their children’s religious and spiritual lives.…the best social predictor, although not a guarantee, of what the religious and spiritual lives of youth will look like is what the religious and spiritual lives of their parents do look like. Parents and other adults most likely “will get what they are.” This recognition may be empowering to parents, or alarming, or both. But it is a fact worth taking seriously in any case. 

Family Faith Formation
We are blessed to have thriving youth ministry opportunities here at Sharon. I pray that you would encourage your son/daughter in the coming months to check out any or all of the opportunities on the Youth Faith Formation page. You the parent/s are still the number one person who shapes and molds your family’s faith. (See sidenote: Best Practices in Family Faith Formation, By John Roberto.) We are part of your team and we share their faith journey together. We will continue to communicate, welcome, and invite as many of our youth as possible to connect their faith journey to opportunities in addition to traditional weekly church school and confirmation classes. We pray that you too would share in this encouragement and find out more through information meetings, emails, etc. 
Faithful Families
During the 2017-2018 program year, we are trying something completely different for our Sunday 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday 5:15 p.m. church school times (Sunday 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday 6:15 p.m. will remain the same classroom-based model that has served our congregation well for many years). For the earlier time on each day, Sharon Lutheran Church is embarking on a year-long trial of Faithful Families, a cross-generational church school where individuals of all ages and families can learn together. Register online >>