Bible Reading Fellowship launches Parenting for Faith
The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) has launched ‘Parenting for Faith’ in partnership with author and speaker Rachel Turner. Parents are the primary disciplers of their children, and this nationwide programme aims to resource parents, carers and church families to feel confident as they help children on their own journey of life with God.
In the recent ‘Faith in our Families’ report from Care for the Family, 88% of surveyed churches felt that they did not offer lots of support for parents in nurturing faith at home, while 44% of these churches felt they offered no support at all.
Canon Richard Fisher, Chief Executive of BRF, comments:
“Recent research reports underscore Parenting for Faith’s vision and the need to resource families and churches in their parenting. We are excited to help develop this programme with Rachel Turner, backed by our experience in supporting hundreds and thousands of people through our programmes such as Messy Church, The Gift of Years and Who Let The Dads Out? Parenting for Faith reflects BRF’s passion to transform lives and communities through the Christian faith and complements the work that we are already doing with children and families.”
An eight session video course and a growing library of over 200 articles and videos have been made freely available online at www.parentingforfaith.org, covering a wide range of parenting topics –parents, children’s workers and church leaders share personal stories, tools and tips and thoughts on growing inclusive cultures. One social media post by Rachel Turner, helping parents talk to their children in the wake of the Westminster Bridge terror attacks, reached over 37,000 people.
Alongside these digital resources, ‘Parenting as a Church Leader’ training days can be booked throughout the year, and Parenting for Faith team members will be delivering talks and seminars at various events. New books are being written to complement Rachel’s original ‘Parenting Children’ series, while a qualification is also in development to provide further training for local leaders who want to learn how to equip parents in the spiritual lives of their children and teens.
Rachel Turner, BRF’s Parenting for Faith Pioneer, commented:
“It’s such a joy seeing parents, carers, leaders and so many others grasp their potential – just as they are, without special words or places – for nurturing faith in young people. And watching children and teens begin grasp their own, unique relationships with God is an even greater blessing. I am looking forward to Parenting for Faith reaching more parents and churches with our newly launched resources and the support of BRF.”