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PART 1

Dear families,

For this month, we want to draw your attention to the season of Lent. Having started February 17th, Lent is the time of reflection and introspection as we prepare to experience and celebrate Good Friday and Easter.

In the midweek service at the start of Lent, District Apostle Kolb addressed parents specifically. Click the player below to listen to a 3 minute clip of his sermon. 

 

A devotional packet has been created to help individuals, families, and groups enhance their season of Lent. This devotional has a weekly focus that includes a Bible passage, commentary, questions for discussion or reflection, and a family activity or prompt.

Even though we are a couple of weeks into Lent, the devotional can still be utilized as families can customize their frequency and rhythm.

 

CLICK HERE to download the Lent 2021 Devotional - According to the Scriptures.

 

Additional Lent articles and resources can be found at www.nac-usa.org/lent

 

If you have further questions, our ministry is here to help and support you as you walk through this season. 

 

Praying for you and your family,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

  

 

 

  

Nuestro Servicio Divino de entresemana de febrero es el miércoles 17 y marca el comienzo del tiempo de Cuaresma o el tiempo de pasión. El tiempo de ayuno – la Cuaresma – son los 40 días antes del domingo de Pascua en consideración a los días que Jesús pasó en el desierto. Es un tiempo de conmemoración para reflexionar en lo que Jesús ha hecho por todos a través de Su sacrificio en la cruz y resurrección de los muertos. Este tiempo de reflexión nos ayuda a crecer en nuestro entendimiento del amor de Cristo y profundiza nuestra relación con Dios. Estos 40 días servirán para prepararnos para una celebración de conmemoración más significativa el Viernes Santo y la Pascua.

  

Para facilitar este tiempo de reflexión, HAZ CLIC EN LA IMAGEN para descargar el paquete de la serie devocional "Según las Escrituras".

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El paquete de recursos devocionales incluye 1 devocional por semana durante las próximas 7 semanas. Cada devocional consta de:

  • Versículo bíblico
  • Comentario
  • Preguntas para la conversación o contemplación
  • Sugerencias de cantos para oportunidades de adoración personal o en familia 
  • Actividad en familia

  


  

Artículos, devocionales y actividades adicionales 

pdf 7 frases desde la cruz - Artículo del boletín VISIÓN Primavera 2016 (3.56 MB)  

pdf Jesús - El Cordero de la Pascua - Artículo del boletín VISIÓN Primavera 2017 (929 KB)

pdf Resumen de la Semana Santa - Artículo y línea de tiempo del boletín VISIÓN Primavera 2011 (2.33 MB)

pdf El himno a Cristo - Artículo del boletín VISIÓN Verano 2019  (200 KB)

 

 For Your Journey | Episode 80 - Passiontide

 

 

PART 1

Dear families,

Technology can be a scary word for parents of young kids but it’s something that needs to be addressed. Here are three ideas to help you be successful as you have conversations for the first time with your child. 

Just click the video link below to catch these ideas and put them into practice!

One such idea is to use a Technology Contract with your child so they understand the responsibility involved with them using technology. An idea of a pdf Technology Contract can be downloaded here (422 KB)

If you have further questions, our ministry is here to help and support you as you walk through this new season. 

 

Praying for you and your family,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

  

 

 

 


 

PART 2

Hi families,

Have you talked to your child about technology and how to use it?  Do they know what you expect?  Technology is something they’ll have for the rest of their lives.  It’s important to start out strong and clear about your expectations and strategies in regard to technology use. The video link below gives you some great strategies on how to approach this conversation, when to have these conversations, and what to talk about. 

Regular conversations about technology help normalize the topic and make it easier in the long run. We are here to help you start off strong!

Partnering with You,

 

 

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

PART 1

Dear families,

Dear Parents, One common struggle among parents is they are afraid their teenager will ask them a question about God or the Bible, and they have no idea how to answer it. If you have ever struggled, you are not alone. We have a brief video that offers parents 3 simple tips to help you navigate those awkward spiritual moments. Just click on the link below. 

If you have any questions or want more information, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

Praying that God provide opportunities for you and your children to pursue questions together,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

  

 

 

 


 

PART 2

Hi families,

Are spiritual conversations hard to have with your teenager? Did you know it is okay to say I don’t know? One of the most effective ways to pass down faith is through conversations at home, but that doesn’t mean you need to have answers, just courage.

For some encouragement, be sure to watch this month's brief video.

 

Together in Him,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

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PART 1

Dear families,

We are so excited to send you this month’s Partnering with Parents topic! It is all about the pressures of schedules and making a choice to get a grip on that crazy pace of the modern family life.

We hope this video inspires and encourages you. Especially in the shifting seasons of life and activities, it is great to get that list of helpful tips to be able to 'redeem the time' as mentioned in Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:15-16, “See then that you walk wisely, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  

  

Also, if you're looking for ways for you and your family to enhance your celebration of Advent, www.nac-usa.org/advent includes many activity ideas you can use as described or customize for your family.

Some opportunities to highlight are:

  • Names of Jesus Advent Countdown Bible reading activity
  • Names of Jesus weekly Advent devotional videos
  • Family Activities - Prayer prompts and conversation starters
  • National Worship Evening - Saturday, December 19th

 

Joining you in prayer for your child,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

  

 

 

 


 

PART 2

Hi families,

How is the pace of your family life? Do you feel overwhelmed by the constant push to do more and be more places? It might be time to sit down and decide on what this month’s Partnering with Parents calls “Family Goals.”

You have goals at work for the things your boss needs you to do, and your kids have goals that they must accomplish to get their grades. Why not have some goals for your family, not to put more pressure on everyone, but to balance everything better? It might even mean getting rid of a few things that just don’t fit your new goals!

Give this month’s Partnering with Parents a watch and then sit down as a family and ask yourselves some questions!

1. What are the goals we need to have as a family?

  • Schedule Wise?
  • Financially?
  • Spiritually?
  • Emotionally/Relationally?

2. How long should each of the above goals take? Set a goal and a time for each.

3. What is a celebration or “reward” we could attach to each of our goals?

4. What is something we may have to give up in order to accomplish each of these goals? 

 

Together in Him,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

   

Experiencia nacional de adoración navideña en el hogar "Nombres de Jesús" - Sábado 19 de diciembre

 

  

pdf Haz clic aquí para descargar la Guía (565 KB)

 

Esta experiencia de adoración en video en casa será una combinación de lectura de las Escrituras y música para que los hermanos y hermanas mediten y canten en casa. Para crear un sentido de unidad y obtener consuelo al percatarse de que otras personas a lo largo del país están adorando al mismo tiempo, se alienta a participar en la noche de adoración nacional cuando se estrene. Considera animar a tus familiares y amigos de todo el país a que también se conecten para verlo al mismo tiempo. La experiencia de adoración en video se reproducirá el sábado 19 de diciembre a las 8:00 pm hora del este, 5:00 pm hora del Pacífico en el canal de YouTube NAC USA, en esta página web de Adviento y en la aplicación movil NAC USA.

 

 

Cantos de Navidad

Videos y preguntas tanto para la conversación como contemplativas que se sugieren para explorar la historia de algunos villancicos amados

¡Regocijad! Jesús nació. Video

  pdf Guía de conversación (145 KB)

Venid, oh creyentes. Video   pdf Guía de conversación (145 KB)
Noche de paz  Video   pdf Guía de conversación (878 KB)
Ángeles cantando están Video   pdf Guía de conversación (878 KB)

 

 

 

Ideas para aumentar su anticipación del tiempo de Adviento

  pdf Nombres de Jesús - Actividad de lectura bíblica de cuenta regresiva de Adviento para familias (573 KB)

  pdf Actividades familiares: impulsos de oración e iniciadores de conversación (543 KB)

  pdf Sesión de canto autoguiado de villancicos (himnario Celebremos Su Gloria o letras en línea necesarias) (981 KB)

 

 

Videos devocionales semanales de Adviento

Un video devocional de cinco semanas estará disponible en el canal de YouTube NAC USA, en nuestra página de Facebook y en la aplicación movil NAC USA.

 

 

Artículo de Adviento

  pdf Magnificat de María - Boletín VISION Invierno 2019 (312 KB)

 

  

   

 

haz clic aquí para encontrar los recursos en español

 

National At-Home Christmas Worship Experience "Names of Jesus" - Saturday, December 19

 

 

 This at-home video worship experience will be a combination of Scripture reading and music for people to meditate and sing along with at home. To create a sense of oneness and gain comfort from realizing others from around the country are worshipping at the same time, it is encouraged to participate in the national worship evening when it premieres. Consider encouraging your family and friends around the country to also watch at the same time. The video worship experience will play on Saturday, December 19, at 8:00pm Eastern, 5:00pm Pacific on the NAC USA YouTube channel, this Advent webpage, and the NAC USA mobile app

 

pdf CLICK HERE to download a worship guide PDF for the at-home video experience.  (2.48 MB)

 

 

Christmas Carols

Videos and suggested discussion/contemplative questions that explore the history of some beloved Christmas carols

Joy To The World Video

Discussion Guide

O Come All Ye Faithful Video Discussion Guide
Silent Night  Video Discussion Guide
Angels We Have Heard On High  Video Discussion Guide

 

 

Ideas to Enhance Your Advent Season of Anticipation

 Names of Jesus - Advent Countdown Bible Reading Activity for Families 

 Family Activities - Prayer Prompts and Conversation Starters

 Self-Guided Carol Sing-Along (NAC Hymnal, Celebration Hymnal, or online lyrics needed)

 

 

Weekly Advent Devotional Videos

A five-week video devotional will be available on the NAC USA YouTube channel, on Facebook, and in the NAC USA mobile app.

 

 

Advent Article

  pdf Magnificat of Mary - Winter 2019 VISION Newsletter (316 KB)

 

  

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You'll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we're at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. (Luke 6:35 MSG)

PART 1

Dear families,

This month’s Partnering with Parents is focused on helping your child develop good study habits. Paul talked about “studying” in 2 Timothy 2:15, reminding us to “Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Though Paul was speaking about studying God’s Word, there are principles that can be drawn from this truth that can carry forward into all areas of your child’s life.

However, kids don’t tend to love doing homework or studying, and parents often wrestle with crossing that line of helping to motivate their kids and nagging. Consider the following ideas to avoid homework battles and develop good study habits that will carry with them into adulthood.

First, set some reasonable goals. If your child’s attention runs short, set a timer for, say, twenty minutes. After he or she works for the agreed-upon time, allow them to take a break for five minutes before returning to their studies. Set weekly targets, as well. On a day where your child is not stressed or weighted with other distractions, sit down together and talk about reasonable goals they feel they can meet to set them up for success.

Next, brainstorm an appropriate reward system for completing a week of homework. Together you can create a chart to document progress and meaningful rewards that will motivate your child. Does your child enjoy computer time? Perhaps thirty minutes of computer time would be an agreeable reward. Does he or she like to bake with you? If the child’s goals were met, maybe making cookies with mom is the perfect reward. If your child is social, consider hosting a play date the following week. Make sure to follow through with these rewards—or the whole system will fall apart!

You may even teach your child the verse: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). Help them to connect this verse with how hard they have worked—to connect their success with their effort.

We are with you in the journey, and are praying for you and your family. 

  

Joining you in prayer for your child,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

  


 

PART 2

Hi families,

We’ve been talking in this month’s Partnering with Parents about helping your child to develop good study habits.

There are different ways to structure study and homework time, and it will vary depending on your household schedule and your child’s personality and abilities. However, scheduling a routine “work period” for each day of each week, starting from an early age, is important.

Some parents require kids to hunker down and open up their backpacks immediately after school—but this might not work for all (probably most) kids. Keep in mind they’ve been working hard for many hours and a bit of relaxation or play time might be of great benefit. Figure out what works for your child, and then try and be consistent. If it works to do homework from 4:00-5:00 pm every night, make that family “homework” time.

Set aside time on the weekends, too, to finish up studies or projects—which will be likely more of an issue with older children. Help your kids learn to finish their studies in as relaxed a way as possible, rather than at the last minute or late at night.

As your children are exposed to more and more difficult subjects and material, help them learn some effective study strategies.
This might include: 

  • Keeping an agenda with the date the assignment is due 
  • Breaking up larger projects with “mini-deadlines” to avoid last-minute panic trying to get the assignment done 
  • Making flash cards 
  • Studying for tests well before the actual day of the test 
  • Organizing study groups 
  • Learning to take organized notes

We hope this month’s Partnering with Parents has given you some tools to help with developing good study habits in your kids. We are praying for you!

Together in Him,

The NAC USA Family Ministry Team

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