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Four Smartphone Apps We Love

Each month this past school year, we have been sharing digital resources to help us as we incorporate faith into the lives of our families.  Here’s three highlights, that come in the form of smartphone apps.  As the use of smartphones and mobile tablets inundate our very lifestyles, often bringing challenges, we can learn to use these things for good in the lives of our families.  Here’s 3 Apps that can help us use technology for good, and for building up lives of faith.

Pandora Music:  Since our phones are the primary way people listen to music, use the free version of this app to bring faith-based music into our lives.  If you have younger kids, the “Shout Praises Kids” music channel will help you find songs that are easy for kids to learn and embrace.   For older kids and adults, type in the composers of the great praise songs we love like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, or Hillsong Music.

Bible App for Kids:  The same church that brought the Bible App (YouVersion) to smartphones from their earliest days, now has an app to help kids listen to and interact with.  Both of these are free.  The Bible App for Kids is filled with great illustrations as they hear God’s Word right from a phone or tablet.

Parent Cue:  This app is a tool for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of kids from birth through high school as they think about basic, easily implemented concepts for incorporating conversations and activities into everyday life that help build a faith that lasts beyond the Sunday School and Youth Group years.   Here’s an article written by a grandparent about how this app has helped them as they impart their faith into the lives of their grand kids.  Reasons I can’t stop using the parent cue app 

Right Now Media:  Our church has invested in this media tool for families to have access to thousands of Christian video studies, conference sessions, and kids programming.  The app is one of the many ways you can access this.  Need a connection? Want to share this connection? Email faithfulmeg@yahoo.com to let her know what email address to send the invitation to!

Technology is overwhelming. Don’t feel like you have to figure it out alone.  Please contact Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you want a tutorial on how to utilize your technology in a way that allows it to have a more positive influence on you and your family!

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June’s Digital Resources!

Since we live in a world where much of our lives a tech-centered, we want to make sure families have access to all sorts of Christian resources out there!

Looking for faith based books, music, videos, or activities for your family?  The best prices and fasted delivery (usually even better than Amazon since they’re local) can be found at www.christianbook.com.  There’s something for everyone!

Looking for some encouraging content to listen to while cleaning or working on a project?  Sometimes an encouraging sermon can be the boost we are looking for.  Meg makes it a habit to listen to sermons while she’s cleaning, and wanted to share this with everyone on “For the Good of my Family”.  Check out this link!  http://www.grace.org/sermon/for-the-good-of-my-family/

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June Family Connection Part 3

The Sunday School classroom isn’t the only place our kids can connect with their faith.  Here’s this month’s tip on incorporating faith into everyday life, and for helping kids of all ages engage in the worship service!

Faith at Home:  It can be tricky and sometimes feel forced when we try to find times to talk about our faith in the middle of the business of everyday life.  As we look to the end of the school year, and the change of pace that comes with summer, it can be a great way to reflect on all that God is doing.  Is there some stress that comes with the end of the school year?  Take time to pray about those things!  Look back on what accomplishments you can celebrate from this past school year, and take time to make a celebration/thank you list to God.  As you plan summer adventures, come up with creative ways you as a family can be a blessing to others you might meet along the way.  After these adventures, use meals or car rides to ask how everyone saw God in what they experienced.

Engaging Kids at Church: It’s never too early to come alongside kids to help them participate in worship.  It is our desire that all kids have the chance to be part of our time of worship together.  We’ve been sharing different tips each month for helping kids of all ages – even toddlers – to find their place as participants in worship, not just observers.  During the summer months, children are in the worship service a bit longer, including staying in through the prayer time.  On the way to church, ask them to think of praises or prayer requests they’d want to share during church.  During prayer time, consider having a family huddle or all holding hands together to make that time special.  Practice learning the Lord’s Prayer at home so they can say it with everyone in church!

We look forward to the change of pace that comes with summer, and all the ways we can find refreshment in God’s endless love for us!


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June’s Helpful Articles

As we get ready to honor our grads, kids and families on Family Sunday this week (June 11), We have a link to a blog post about passing down faith to our kids, and a post about ways to encourage summer memories!

PASSING DOWN FAITH Posted by Nina Schmidgall


Featured Quote: “Even if you are new in your faith, you can live it out in front of your kids, sharing with them both your mistakes and triumphs. One of the best things I have ever heard Reggie Joiner say is, “We can give our kids a front row seat to the grace of God in our lives.” There’s no better way for our kids to understand the true meaning of grace than when we invite them to witness the journey, letting them see first hand the miracle of us being transformed right in front of their eyes.” 

CREATING SUMMER MEMORIES: LIFE’S BUILDING BLOCKS Posted by Amy Fenton Lee Parent Cue- Building Summer Memories 

Featured Quote: “It was not long before I realized that without electronics involved, my child lacked the ability to self-play! The match box car set, the locking blocks, and the puzzles all sat idle as Watson struggled to find constructive activity for himself. Like my young son, many children require intentional parenting to develop the ability to self-play. Reflecting on my own growing up and the downtime I spent playing Atari PacMan (yes, I am that old!), video games hold little significance compared to the memories of… active play utilizing my imagination and family’s existing resources that I fondly remember”

We hope these are helpful and encouraging to everyone as we continue on this journey of caring for our kids and teens!

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June Family Updates

Hello there! We’re continuing with our weekly posts with portions of the Family News & Notes publication.  We’re starting off right, with events, and this month’s family scripture passage to reflect on!

Important Events:

Family Sunday:  Sunday June 11 During Worship, we’ll be celebrating Family Sunday to honor our kids, volunteers, graduates, and families!  If you’ll be here and your kids wish to participate in the worship service, please contact Meg!

Moms & Tots Playgroups: We’ll be hosting a Family Foxboro Founders Day gathering at Meg’s home, right by the Founders Day parade route.  It’s suggested to get to their home by 9:30am to park and walk over for a parade spot.  We’ll enjoy lunch together in the back yard after! Pack a lunch and bring a snack to share! Dads welcome this month too!  Suggested (but flexible) ages 9-24 months.

Young Life High School Club: 8th graders are encouraged to attend our last two weeks! Will be meeting Monday the 5th and 12th as we close out the school year at 7:27pm.  There’s still spots for our amazing summer camp week up at Saranac Village July 23-29.

Under 40’s Discussion Group:  We will be scheduling one final meeting, most likely over ice cream one afternoon.  Stay tuned for more details!

NEW! Middle School Connection:  every 4-6 Sundays during the school year we’ll have a middle school connection during worship following the time of greeting!  We will have hot chocolate, goodies, ice breaker games, and a discussion time.  Our next middle school connection will be June 4th  

Summer Sundays:  Our Kids Connection Offerings during the Sunday Morning Services will switch to summer mode starting June 18th.   We will have offerings for Nursery-8 years from the time of the offertory to the end of the service.  As always we will have coloring sheets for little ones, and have activity sheets available for older kids to utilize during the sermon on the table in the rear of the sanctuary.

Scripture: Philippians 2:3-5  Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.  None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others. As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did.  (SUGGESTED READING, PHILIPPIANS 2:1-18)

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Youth & Middle School Updates

Hello there!  Here’s some updates for our friends with middle or high school students in their lives!

Our Next Middle School Connection will be June 4th meeting at the same time as Kids Connection Normally Meets.  We’ll have snacks, a game, and discussion time.

Young Life Club for High School has two more dates left:  June 5 & 12.  At this time in the year, all 8th graders are also welcome to join in the fun here at 7:27pm!

We’ll be honoring our graduates here on Family Sunday June 11th.  We’d also love to have help from all our middle and high school students who want to participate in the service.  Contact Meg Nelson at 978-979-8486 if you plan to be here so we can plan accordingly!

These are some exciting ways to stay connected for our youth and their families in the weeks ahead, we hope to have you join us for all the fun!


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May Family Connection Part 3!

Each Monthly New & Notes publication includes tips for engaging faith at home, and digital resources to help with that process! Take a look at what we have this month!

Faith at Home:  It can be tricky and sometimes feel forced when we try to find times to talk about our faith in the middle of the business of every day life.  Those busy times are when we need to remember to stay connected to God as a family the most!   We can ask about ways we’ve seen God in our world.  We can ask what we can pray for in certain situations we face.  We can ask, “How do you think Jesus would teach us to respond to this situation we face?” We can ask about things we’re thankful to God for.  WHEN do we squeeze these into conversation?  Car rides, mealtimes, waiting in lines, or bed time routines with little ones.  This month’s digital resource is the perfect tool to guide us in this process!


Digital Resource:  We’ve mentioned Parent Cue often, through our shared blog posts, as a web site to check out, and as a social media account worth following.  They now have a free smartphone app that shares personalized tips and topics for engaging faith in the life of your child, and updates each week, there’s tips for parents of infants, through seniors in high school!  This article shares why this resources isn’t just good for parents, but also grandparents and other caretakers! 3 Reasons I Can’t Stop Using the Parent Cue App


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May Family Connection Part 2

As we continue to share portions of our monthly Family Connection News & Notes each week, we are going to focus on tips for all of us to help kids as young as toddlers to find ways to be active participants in the worship service each week!


It’s never too early to come alongside kids to help them participate in worship.  It is our desire that all kids have the chance to be part of our time of worship together.  We’ve been sharing different tips each month for helping kids of all ages – even toddlers – to find their place as participants in worship.  That’s not always easy for families who have multiple kids or for parents who are part of leading the worship service.  When we walk through the doors of the church, we enter into a community where our congregation becomes a form of extended family for one another.  Consider who you can ask to sit with your family and kids during worship to come alongside you and help guide them through worship to help our kids become active participants in worship, regardless of how young! It’s often a challenge, and this month’s  featured articles will share more wisdom in this topic!

This first article from Focus on the Family shares tips for how to help kids as they learn to participate in worship:

Welcoming Kids Into Worship- by  Robbie Castleman

  Welcoming Kids Into Worship Focus on the Family

“Helping my kids engage in worship was a sacrifice of my personal enjoyment and convenience on Sunday morning. But in sacrificing my “what I get out of it” attitude, I learned how to pay attention to what God wanted.  It was hard work to think through how I could train my children to worship. I didn’t want them to just be quiet and behave on Sunday morning — I wanted them to belong. I didn’t want them to entertain themselves, but to engage with God in the wonder of what worship really is. Eventually, I discovered practical ways to help my boys fully participate in every part of our service, from the singing of praise songs to the listening of God’s Word.”


This second article shares words of encouragement for our parents as they navigate bringing little ones to church seen in various blog sites, including here on the Huffington Post:

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church By Jamie Bruesehoff

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church Huffington Post

“I know you’re wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important. When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise… When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in 10 years… I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important… I know how hard it is to do what you’re doing, but I want you to know it matters. It matters to me. It matters to my children to not be alone in the pew. It matters to the congregation to know that families care about faith, to see young people… and even on those weeks when you can’t see the little moments, it matters to your children”


We’re so grateful to our families and extended church family as we invest in the spiritual growth of our kids!



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Trying Something New!

Starting this past November, we began sharing a monthly Family Connection “News & Notes” with information about what’s going on in Kids Connection, as well as resources for families as they navigate incorporating faith into every day life.  It’s a lot of great information, but it can also be a lot to absorb all at once.  We are going to try using this site to share snippets of what’s in the Family Connection each week to help keep the ideas shared in mind!

Family Connection MAY updates:

Important Events:

Mothers Day:  On Mothers’ Day Sunday, John Papirio, the Young Life area director will be preaching, and the WISH group will be hosting a bake sale in place of our normal coffee time treats.  This is a lovely way to begin Mothers’ Day together, honoring the spiritual legacy of all the women and families in our church community!

Moms & Tots Playgroups: We’ll be offering monthly play groups one Saturday and one Thursday a month.  The April dates are Saturday the 13th and Thursday the 25th  Suggested (but flexible) ages 9-24 months.

Young Life High School Club: Will be meeting every Monday this month at 7:27pm except the 29th.

Under 40’s Discussion Group:  We will be meeting on May 21st  after worship in the Nursery to accommodate parents with little ones.

Wyld Life Middle School Club Night!  The next Wyld Life Club of the school year will be posted shortly, most likely May 22  7pm at a family home in Walpole.  This is a great night of middle schoolers from around the region coming together for games, food, fun, and encouragement for grades 6-8.  Meg would be thrilled to accompany any of our 6-8th graders who want to come!

NEW! Middle School Connection:  Every 4-6 Sundays during the school year we’ll have a middle school connection during worship following the time of greeting!  We will have hot chocolate, goodies, ice breaker games, and a discussion time.  Our next middle school connection will be June 4th  

Family Sunday:  This year we will host Family Sunday on June 11th.  This is a chance to celebrate all the great things God has been doing in the lives of our kids and families during the school year.  We will be presenting gifts to our PreK-K students, our 8th graders heading to high school, and our high school graduates!

This month’s Family Scripture Passage: Matthew 19:13-15   One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.  But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”  And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.

Kids Connection Memory Verse: MAY & JUNE 

So eat and drink, and do EVERYTHING, for the glory, Of God!

 ~1 Corinthians 10:31

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Kids Connection Offerings!

We have some new things that we offer this year, including Moms & Tots groups, and partnership with Wyld Life for middle school students grades 6-8!  We’re working to create a few more new ways for kids and families to connect in 2017!


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