We invite your family to join us for our “Adventures in Narnia” family rallies this fall where we will use C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to introduce important Biblical themes for families. There will be singing, food, t-shirts for all, age-appropriate teaching, and activities which will focus on taking themes from a chapter of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to introduce a Bible verse and discuss how our families can learn from Lewis’s tale. Each of our four rallies, we will offer a dramatic reading of a selected chapter and families can read the intervening chapters at home with their children. Family guides will be offered each week to guide family discussions.
These are rallies for school aged children and their parents. Moms and Dads can join their kids in their breakout sessions or they can meet with the pastor in their own group to talk about how to use Lewis’s writings in their family’s devotions. Every student who comes will receive a “ROAR!” T shirt (our theme for the fall), each family will receive a copy of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe if they desire and a Family Guide
It is our desire that your family grow closer to Jesus Christ through His Word. If using a creative and engaging book, such as Lewis’s series, helps towards that end
Sunday Nov 11th 4-6:00pm
Sunday Nov 18th 4-6:00pm
Sunday Dec 2nd, 4-6:00pm
Sunday Dec 9th, 4-6:00pm
Bakerstown Alliance Church 4030 Bakerstown Rd Gibsonia PA 15044
School aged children and their parents
Barb Ferrer (email@example.com)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY CS LEWIS?
There are a number of great children's programs--Awana, Trail Life, etc. We are a small and don't have the resources to do those programs better than the churches already doing them. So we came up with the idea of doing something creative to support families in leading their children towards the Word of God. Our format allows families to continue their involvement in these other great ministries while sparking their children's "Holy Imagination."
WHO WILL BE TEACHING MY KIDS?
We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for your family. We will be drawing on the members of our church community and, hopefully, draw on the resources of our local Christian colleges to excite and encourage your family. We are organizing these as "family rallies" because we would love for you to participate alongside your child. Each of our volunteers have the requisite state and federal background checks and have completed "ministry safe" training. If there are any further questions or concerns, we are committed to ensuring you are confident in our ministry staff. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
We are committed to offering this ministry to families at no cost. This is a means by which we can bring glory to God. If you would like to make a donation to help defray costs, there will be an opportunity to do so at registration. We would much prefer your prayers and your help in getting out the word about these rallies.
WHAT WILL THESE RALLIES COVER?
We will select a chapter for each rally covering the whole of story. For each chapter, we will teach a biblical theme in our breakout age group sessions, then families will be given a "Family Guide" to help moms and dads cover the rest of the material between the sessions. If that isn't possible, that is OK, we will begin most sessions with a "previously in Narnia" update allowing each student to benefit from the session even if they have not been there previously or had to miss a week. For The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, we will be covering chapter one, telling the story of Lucy following the light of the lamp into Narnia and discussing John 8:12, "When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." In our second rally, we will cover chapter seven when the beavers introduce Aslan to the Pevensie children and cover Philippians 2:9-11. Our third rally we will read chapter 14, the triumph of the witch and discuss Jesus's sacrifice in John 3:16-17. Our finale will cover chapter 15 as a means to discuss Jesus's triumph as discussed in 1 Peter 1:3. These are the highlights of the story, but the family guides allow families to dig deeper into the story together.
WHAT WILL THE RALLIES LOOK LIKE?
When you arrive, we will have a small registration station at the back of the sanctuary where parents provide some basic information and a "claim ticket" to ensure students go home with the proper family; students will receive a name tag. The sanctuary will be decorated with the theme of the chapter we will cover and we will have some activity stations students can enjoy waiting for the rally to begin. When we kick off the rally, there will be floor space and chairs, the leader will give a welcome and some brief announcements before singing a couple fun songs. Then our reader will introduce the chapter and offer a dramatic reading. When the chapter is complete, we will divide into our age breakout sessions. K-2nd graders will be our "Dufflepud" group and go downstairs for reflection; 3-5th graders are our "Marshwiggle" group and will go downstairs as well. 6th grade and above will be our "Court of Cair Paravel" group and go upstairs for reflection. Parents are allowed to either accompany their child to their breakout group or stay in the sanctuary to talk with Pastor Christian about using Lewis's fiction as family devotions and ask any questions they may have. After 30 minutes, we will reconvene, review our verse, and sing our closing song. We expect this format to be tweaked as we progress through the book.
WILL THERE BE CHILD CARE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN?
We are working on this. We are a small church with limited resources which makes some of these issues difficult. We would love to offer child care. but right now we don't know how many students to expect and what the demand on our resources need to be. If you would like to bring your family and participate in our rallies and are in need of childcare, please contact our children's ministry coordinator Barb Ferrer (email@example.com) and we can prepare to have child care.