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Pass it On is a resource that focuses on a yearly rite of passage from kindergarten through high school graduation. Each year's rite of passage focuses on a concept and invites the parents and kids to participate in the experience together. The rites of passage are practical, memorable, and experiential in nature.
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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your familys spiritual legacy ... starting now!
Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.
The Rites of Passage▼▲
Kindergarten: An Invitation to Generosity
-----Learns about generosity through a family service project
1st Grade: An Invitation to Responsibility
-----Learns about responsibility and how to be a "big kid"
2nd Grade: An Invitation to the Bible
-----Learns the importance of the Bible and receives one of their own
3rd Grade: An Invitation to Rhythm
-----Learns about the busyness of life, the Sabbath, and rest
4th Grade: An Invitation to Friendship
-----Learns how to be a good friend, and the qualities of a good friend
5th Grade: An Invitation to Identity
-----Learns who they are, in the eyes of self, others, and God
6th Grade: Preparation for Adolescence
-----Learns about the physical, mental, and relational changes of puberty
7th Grade: The Blessing
-----Receives a public (or private) blessing from the parent(s)
8th Grade: Purity Weekend
-----Learns about purity and asks any sexually related questions during a fun trip
9th Grade: Driving Contract
-----Learns how to drive, expectations for driving, and about freedoms
10th Grade: Money Matters
-----Learns the importance of money by trying to duplicate the family budget
11th Grade: Family Tree
-----Learns where he/she came from, the family mission, and about relatives
12th Grade: Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony
-----Receives a public ceremony filled with prayer, blessing, and a symbol
"I'm so excited for Pass It On. Parents must understand that if we want our kids to keep their faith, we need to have more faith conversations during their growing years. I'm excited to endorse something that is more than a book - it's a movement of God."
---Doug Fields, executive director of HomeWord's Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University
"This book celebrates the role of family and community, and helps parents lead their kids to realize their place as adopted children of God. As Jim and Jeremy say, 'Reading this book is meant to be a life-changing experience.'"
---Chap Clark, author and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary
About the Book▼▲
The ultimate blueprint for passing your faith on to your children!
Research and experience both support the truth that parents are the single most important factor in determining a child's view of God and whether or not faith will become a cornerstone of his or her adult life. Although it is a great responsibility, moms and dads need not panic at the daunting thought. In Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences, HomeWord president Jim Burns and ParentMinistry.net founder Jeremy Lee give parents a year-by-year plan for sharing rites of passage that will set the foundation for their child's faith.
Pass It On draws its inspiration from Deuteronomy chapter 6:4-9. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (verses 5-7, NIV). This short passage provides God's blueprint for the successful transmission of faith from one generation to the next. Encouraging parents to step boldly into their roles as the spiritual leaders in their home, Pass it On shows them how to invite their children with them on a journey of discovering their faith.
Clearly outlining annual, experiential, age-specific rites of passage,this book makes it easy to reinforce the values that will form the foundation of a young person's spiritual life. And it's never too soon or too late to begin. Whether it's the generosity rite in kindergarten, where youngsters participate in a service project, or the manhood/womanhood ceremony for high school seniors, Pass it On is filled with practical ideas for parents. It includes specific information to share at each event, gifts or contracts to present, questions to ask and stories of others' experiences for inspiration.
Asking moms and dads to think generationally, Burns and Lee remind readers the work they're doing isn't just for their own children, but for their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond.
"The Bible teaches that we inherit consequences - good and bad - from previous generations of our families, even to the third and fourth generations," Burns points out. "The choices, traditions and teachings we offer our children will affect not only them but also their children. The spiritual riches we might pass on far outweigh the value of any earthly inheritance - spiritual legacies remain for generations."
Ultimately, Pass it On calls parents to the bold act of changing the trajectory of their family's faith legacy for generations to come.