Family Ministry

Fall Family Campout

Friday–Saturday, October 8–9 |  $25 per Family
Check-in Begins at 3:00 p.m. | Volleyball Pavilion

There is no better way to enjoy fall than with a good family campout! Join other Bellevue families for a night outdoors as we enjoy family activities, a nature walk, and more. All you need to bring is a tent* and sleeping bags; we will provide your dinner, breakfast, and snacks! The event concludes at noon Saturday. Register online today! Walk-up registration is available the day of the event, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

*If you are in need of a tent, or have an extra tent you would like to donate, please contact Katie Moser at bellevuerecreation@bellevue.org.

Fight for your family game changer

The #1 predictor of a spiritually healthy young adult is “the child regularly read their Bible while growing up.”* We invite you, as parents, to learn ways to help your child(ren) foster a love of Scripture at a young age. We will equip you with tools to lead spiritually in your household through prayer, selecting a Bible, choosing a Bible reading plan, and much more. Fight for your family by prioritizing time in God’s Word daily.

If you have questions or would like to speak to a member of our Family Ministry team, text “Family” to 901901, call 901-347-5740 or email us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

 

*Jana MacGruder, Nothing Less

Game Changing Research:
The #1 predictor of a spiritually healthy young adult is the “child regularly reading their Bible while growing up”.

Use the plan below to inspire your child to regularly read their Bible on their own.

choose a plan

Choose a shared reading plan that each family member reads on their own.

  • Pick a plan that is best for your family:
    • One chapter a day and tour through the four Gospels
    • Kids read a storybook Bible or parents read a story from a Bible
      • Best for families with kids at a storybook reading level
    •  Families choose their own reading plan
      • Best for families who are experienced Bible readers
  • Make a family ready plan work
  • Gospel Reading Game
share your why

Write a mission statement, as a family or individually, on “why we/I read the Bible.”

talk it up

Make biblical conversations normal, encourage family discussion, and help apply biblical truth.

celebrate the progress

Offer fun challenges and encouragement along the way. 

game changer faq’s

Where did Bellevue obtain this "Game changing research"?

Lifeway’s book, Nothing Less by Jana MacGruder, showcases these findings after conducting a study of 2,000 protestant families.

How does reading the Bible regularly help a child mature into a spiritually healthy young adult?

As a believing child reads, God will illuminate truth to them. They will better become convinced of their faith and grow closer to the Lord. This intimacy with Jesus will carry them into young adulthood (Psalm 119:18, Ephesians 1:18).

What if I as the parent don’t read my Bible?

Use this research as a jump start for you to begin reading your Bible regularly following one of the three plans listed above. Oftentimes in parenting, more is caught than taught. So, you modeling Bible reading is very important to your kids. People talk about what they get excited about. Have faith in what God can do in your life and your kids’ lives and begin your journey in the Word daily. Read 2 Timothy 3:16.

What if we have been unsuccessful at our kid’s reading their Bible in the past?

Talk with your kids about it. Share why you want them to comply. View “Game Changer” as a fresh approach and have faith that some or all six steps will help engage your child. 

Am I a failure if my kids will not read their Bible?

There is no perfect parent or perfect family. Deuteronomy 6 states that we are to have God’s Word on our hearts first, then teach it to our kids. However, it does not say that we are responsible for what they do with our teaching. We are called to pass our faith on to our kids—not force them into faith.

What do I do when my kids say reading is not fun?

Be honest about your love for reading at their age. Then tell them about your love for reading the Bible today and what the truth it contains means to your daily life. Let them see the change in you and experience the positive conversations that can result from reading the Bible.

What if I’m feeling overwhelmed?

Be encouraged and know that you are not alone. The Lord has placed His Holy Spirit within you to empower you (Ephesians 3:16). Also, step back and tell yourself, “this is not complicated.” Then pray and follow the six steps above according to your family’s abilities.

Fight for Your Family

Last fall, Bellevue launched Fight for Your Family—a tool for families to study biblical truth according to their child’s age. We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of new content! Here you now have access to age-specific resources. 

Avery talking to her backyard friend Elvis in Season 2 of KidVue.

Kidvue Online

Beginning Monday, September 13

Join Avery and her furry friend, Elvis, for a new season of KidVue. We are so excited to explore more of God’s Word with you this season! New episodes of KidVue are available every Monday at 10:00 a.m.

kidvue.org
YouTube.com/kidvue

The why and how of Fight for Your Family

Listen to Mrs. Donna’s encouragement as she spoke at a recent Parent Rally. She speaks to:

  • Inspiration from the book of Nehemiah.
  • Making Disciples within your family.
  • Teaching biblical truth to your kids.
  • Enlisting prayer partners.
  • Culture’s attempts to intimidate families.
  • Social media’s impact.
  • How our brains can be renewed.
  • Bellevue’s role in your discipleship efforts.

More from Bellevue

FAQ

WHY IS NOW THE TIME TO "FIGHT"?
  • Kids spend so much time online that a new term, “screen discipleship,” has evolved.
  • Parents, not screens, should be the primary disciple makers in their kids’ lives (Deuteronomy 6).
  • Satan is out to devour by confusing truth and exposing children to immorality and cyberbullying (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Discipleship is needed for children to continue to follow Jesus into their adult years.
    • A LifeWay study found that kids reading God’s Word produce the most fruit.
    • 2,000 Protestant parents ranked the spiritual condition of their young adult children and shared insight about their childhood. Click here to view their feedback regarding things that made a difference. (This resource was provided by LifeWay.)
WHAT "WEAPONS" WILL I RECEIVE?
  • Download the Battle Plans above to utilize our easy-to-teach guides on how to explain each biblical truth to your child in an age-appropriate manner.
How can I print off the weekly Battle Plans?
  1. Using Safari, click into the week you want to print (Week 1: Creation; Week 2: God; etc.).
  2. Open the curriculum drop downs you would like to print.
  3. If using a Mac, click File > Print. You can also follow the path File > Save as PDF, and then print the PDF if you would prefer!
how can parents prepare for this 10-week journey?
  •  First, please register to join us on this journey. Registration ensures that you receive access to each available resource.
  • Begin praying now that the heart(s) of your child(ren) will be open to the truth of God’s Word (Proverbs 30:5).
  • Schedule one night a week for a family meal for the next 10 weeks.
  • Parents, connect in a Life Group. Visit bellevue.org/life-groups to get connected in you are not already! 
how can grandparents join the fight?

Grandparents can play two key roles in the spiritual formation of the next generation.

First, do everything possible to help your adult sons or daughters effectively disciple your grandkids. During the 10-weeks of “Fight for Your Family” they will be discussing the “Battle Plan” (biblical content) over a weekly family meal.  

  • Commit to pray for their discipleship efforts. 
  • Remind them of how proud you are of their efforts as parents. 
  • Download/view each week’s “Battle Plan” for awareness of what is being taught. 
  • Offer help on family meal days such as pick up kids from school or cook the meal. 
  • Give them a couple of restaurant gift cards for their busier family meal nights. 
  • Contact them throughout the 10-weeks to ask what they are learning as parents. Be sensitive as to how much interaction your adult son or daughter desires. 
  • Encourage and reward their efforts by offering to keep the kids so they can enjoy a night/weekend off.

Second, engage your grandchild(ren) during the 10-weeks of “Fight for Your Family”.

  • Pray the heart(s) of your grandchild(ren) will be open to the truth of God’s Word (Proverbs 30:5). 
  • Given permission from the parents, contact your grandchild(ren) in-person or digitally throughout the 10-weeks asking them what they are learning. 
  • If grandchild(ren) live close by, or with you, consider completing the “Live it Out” section with them. 
  • Take them out for ice cream and share your testimony. 
  • Show them your Bible and tell them how you spend time with the Lord. 
  • Encourage your grandchild(ren) all along the rewarding their steps toward the Lord. 
  • Create a celebration grandparent event to take place when they complete the 10-weeks. 

Although you may or may not be engaged in a vocation business, your “family business” as grandparents is to encourage and support the faith of the next generation. For additional ideas or to be in community with other grandparents, contact Bellevue’s Senior Adult Pastor, Sam McElroy at 901-347-5460. 

what ages does this "battle plan" cover?
  • Infancy through high school
What if I miss a week?

No worries. Simply pick back up where you left off and start your family’s journey again.

How can I support this in prayer?

Thank you! We would welcome you joining us in praying for this Fight for your Family journey.  Take a look at our Fight for your Family Prayer Guide.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Contact us

We are happy to answer your questions and provide assistance. If you’d like to speak with someone over the phone, please call (901) 347-2000. You can also fill out our contact form using the link below. 

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