"Church @ Home" A Resource Prepared By Jono Thomas For The Church Of England On Norfolk Island

Jono writes: It’s sad that we’ve stopped meeting on Sundays as God’s people. But church doesn’t need to stop for any of us. Jesus said,

“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them”

We know that church isn’t a building, it’s a people – God’s people who meet together. And when we meet together – even two or three of
us – we know that Jesus is with us through his Spirit.

Meeting together as church is important for so many reasons:

  • When we’re saved, we are adopted into God’s family, and not left as individuals
  • We’re told to love and encourage each other. We can’t do this alone!
  • We’re called the body of Christ. We need each other to function effectively
  • Our hearts are deceptive. We need others to keep us true in our spiritual walk

As you and your family can no longer come together as a bigger church, I would encourage you to spend time regularly with your family in God’s Word and in prayer. And in fact, your family functions as a little-church, doing everything that a bigger church does, but on a lower scale. Jonathan Edwards writes:

“Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by his rules…”

And in fact, one thing that God might be wanting to remind us is that we can easily forget the parent’s role is to be the head-discipler of our children – not the Kids Church leaders, not even Jono! Paul writes:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right… Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6.1, 4)

This has been the case from the very beginning. Although there is definitely a place for a larger gathering of God’s people (Ezra 10.1), Moses writes:

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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” (Deuteronomy 6.6-7)

In the Bible, discipleship begins at home. With this in mind, this booklet has been written to give you some ideas about how you can use this time to help your young people to continue to flourish in the Lord. While the Church of England suspends its regular meetings, I would encourage you to set aside time to have your own “family church” – along with what you normally do. This booklet begins with ideas to disciple your children in normal life. Next, there is a basic plan for running a “family church” service.

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