Teaching Children About Stewardship

6 03 2014

This month’s post will focus on children and stewardship, courtesy of Group Publishing, Real Family. Real Jesus. Real Simple newsletter.   I hope you will find this post helpful in your family.

Christian stewardship is about more than just pledging donations or placing money in an offering plate. A steward manages resources, including time, talent, and money. Because God has given us so many blessings, we respond by using them wisely and also sharing them with others.

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Children observe their parents’ financial habits and learn about the role of money at a young age. So it’s important to model appropriate attitudes about saving, spending, and giving. When we’re honest about everything from our daily transactions to our yearly taxes, we demonstrate how to be trustworthy. And when we contribute to church, charities, and neighbors in need, we teach the joy of being generous while assisting other people.

 

 

 

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Experts recommend using an allowance system that works for your family so children can save for the future, spend money on desired items, and donate a portion of their earnings. Such habits can set the foundation for a lifetime of financial stability as well as God-honoring stewardship.

 

 

 

 

 

Family Faith Conversations

Talk with your kids about stewardship by asking these questions:

1. Why does God give us money and talents? What does he want us to do with these things, and why?

2. How do you decide how much of your money to spend, save, or give away?

3. How can you handle money wisely without honoring it too much?

“If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? … You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:11, 13)

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Handling money wisely is one way to worship God, the giver of all good things.

 

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Encouraged!!

3 11 2013

Happy November!!

The holidays are quickly approaching and we have much to give thanks for AND to be encouraged by in our KIDS R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministry at The Church at South Mountain. During the month of September, our children were introduced to five “Heroes of the Faith” ( Augustine, Eric Liddell, John Bunyan, Amy Carmichael and William Booth) and then challenged in October to write an essay about the hero who most influenced their lives.

Congratulations to Celeste Stowers, daughter of Timothy and Ellanda Stowers. Celeste is 9 years old and chose to write about Amy Carmichael as her “Hero of the Faith”.    We are proud of Celeste and thankful for the guidance and support of her parents with this project.

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Celeste and Associate Pastor Rich Wells

Click on each page below for a larger view of her thoughtful essay on the influence of Amy Carmichael in her life.

Celeste Essay pg. 1 Celeste Essay pg. 2