Good Neighbor Weekend is this weekend, which means services are cancelled at all of our campuses so we can go out and serve in our community!
There are four shifts running from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2 for our Carmel and Fishers campuses and one shift starting at 9 a.m. for our Greater Lafayette campus. Before going to your site, make sure you first go to our Carmel campus for a commissioning ceremony if you attend our Carmel or Fishers campus; and go to our Greater Lafayette campus before you go to your site if you attend our Greater Lafayette campus.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag “#gnserve” to share your photos and experiences with us!
Look at all the fun we had last year during Good Neighbor weekend!
BY JAN BRESSON
Are you among the 20 million people in the United States caught in the “sandwich generation”? This refers to the rapidly growing number of people taking care of their children and aging parents at the same time. Baby boomers tend to be at the heart of this group, living a balancing act that can be very tricky.
BY JOSH QUINN
Northview Church is on a spiritual journey called Kingdom Come. It’ll focus the entire church on one topic for six weeks. Everyone—from kids to adults—is on the same page, learning about the same topics and growing in similar ways.
To take the message one step further, we encourage families to engage in family table talks during the spiritual growth campaign. Follow this six-week Northview Blog series to guide you in your dinner conversation. It’ll make a long-lasting difference in your family’s spiritual relationship!
The final week is a chance to rejoice at the growth in your family over the last six weeks. Some people have had amazing growth; some have had smaller amounts. Some of you may feel like you accomplished nothing. Remember, the key is to keep at it—keep having conversations with your children.
Over the next several months, check in with them on how they are doing with Love, Receive, Obey, Fight/Forgive and Seek. Most experts suggest kids need to be exposed to something 5-7 times. This week, I have five mini-lessons you can use, but don’t feel like you need to do them all. Pick the ones most important for your family and focus on those over the next couple of weeks. Then keep moving.
My kids and I say the Lord’s Prayer together. After we say it at each meal, we talk about one part of the prayer. Once we get through the whole prayer we start using our own words to say the things that are important to our family. This has helped us shape our prayer life for the better.
Love – Check-In
Remember this week was all about helping your kids identify children who needed love at their school. So check in.
Start with, “How have things been going at school/neighborhood/church/home? Have you been able to show some kids God loves them? Are there any other kids you think could use some friends and some of God’s love? What are some more ways you can show God’s love to people?”
Listen to their ideas and encourage them. Then check back in often, constantly helping them remember to keep this in focus.
Receive – Check-In
How are your kids doing at remembering their purpose as a creation of God? Are they worrying, trying to earn His love or are they trying to impress Him?
Fear – Remind them God tells his people in the Old Testament not to be afraid or terrified (Joshua 1:9). God encourages his people to be brave and show courage.
Rejection – Remind them again God loves them so much he made them specially. He loves them and cares for them.
Trying to impress – Remind them God is the owner of everything and he gave them their gifts. He wants them to use their gifts to glorify Him with what they do.
Obey – Check-In
How well have your kids been doing with the obedience thing? Have they been doing a good job of obeying everyone they need too? If this one is a struggle for your family it is something you may want to come back to nightly. You might try going through the “Lord’s Prayer” and remind them to ask God for forgiveness of their sins.
Helping them remember what they have done can sometimes help them put it in check. Don’t feel bad if you have a list for them but I think it is important to be ready to share 1 or 2 of your sins during that time as well. Typically, I do this by saying the prayer with them as we are going to sleep.
Fight/Forgive – Check-In
Talk to your kids about how things have been going. Has anyone done something wrong to him or her? Is there anyone they need to forgive? Help them to forgive and remind them they need to love the person like God does. If it seems to be something happening a lot, you might encourage them to find a way to distance themselves from that person.
Seek – Check-In
Ask your children, “How is everyone at school? Is there anyone you have met that you think needs to know how much God loves them?”
Ask them, “Are you looking for ways to show love to [the people mentioned]? Is there anyone you have talked to about God? Have you told anyone how much God loves us all?”
The purpose is to keep the thought of sharing God’s love with people in the front of their mind. Help them remember to always be thinking about how they can share God’s love with people.
And that’s it. It has been a great six weeks and I hope you have found some of this stuff useful and beneficial in your families. I can’t stress enough how important it is to remember this won’t be perfect. Sometimes you are going to be so proud of your kids and the connections they are making. Other times you may feel like they don’t understand a word you are saying – and that is okay. Continue the conversations and continue to grow with your family.