Different ways to run the course
Churches use the Parenting for Faith course materials in all sorts of different ways.
Below are some examples to inspire you, as you work out how best to encourage parents as they parent for faith, as well as extended family and friends, children’s workers and church leaders as they support those parents.
Click the 'Find out more' button to read a short interview with someone who has run the course that way.
Multiple Options Course
Read how this church in a busy commuter town repeated sessions to allow for babysitting and different working patterns. This is a good option if you want a large number of people to access the course at the same time or if you have several people willing to be leaders.
Two Saturday Mornings
If your church has a very full calendar with lots of events and courses you may find it easier to devote two mornings to the course, instead of finding eight evenings. This church also provided childcare to allow couples to attend together.
Parent-led Home Group
This is a great way of getting parents to take ownership of the course and to create a community to share and learn together.
Eight Week Evening Course
Probably the most popular way to run the course, this encourages people to commit time weekly to exploring Parenting for Faith with others.
Sunday Afternoons with Creche
For families with lots on during the week, a Sunday tea time can be a good slot for them to be able to attend.
Monthly Family Cafe
This church has made the course bitesize by having a monthly cafe where whole families learn a Parenting for Faith tool and then have opportunities to explore it together. This is a great option if you have lots of parents who have already done the course who just need something to jog their memories. It is also an excellent way to help families get to know each other better.
With thanks to St Paul's Church, St Albans; St Mark's, Battersea Rise; Network Vineyard, Reading; Cirencester Baptist Church and The Lantern Church for images of their buildings. Image for Nourish Family Cafe via canva.com