On the first Friday of June, the Chinese and English family groups had a special gathering. We ate dinner together and shared with each other our gains from our family fellowships, giving each other suggestions. What made it special was that a group of new moms and dads could listen to and learn from the experiences of others, while at the same time, those who have been married for many years could also gain insight and motivation to improve from the young parents. Here are some snippets and interviews from that night:
Why do we need to have a family fellowship time?
● To live out and build up God’s household, to establish support between parents and their children
● To pursue together with their spouses and motivate one another. Not only to talk about and support each other in spiritual things, but also in terms of lifestyle.
● To be a good example to their children and begin to help their spirits grow starting from home.
● Parents have the responsibility to bring their children before God. They can’t push that responsibility solely to the church.
It looks like having family fellowship time can only be beneficial. We can even say that, for God, for our other half, for our next generation, we need to persevere in having a well-designed family fellowship time. Wanting it is easy, but how do we actually do it? Let’s listen to some brothers and sisters’ testimonies:
● Penny & Eric – “We will read Bible stories to our son before his bedtime and then pray together.”
● Blue & Terence – “We will plan time to play and exercise with our daughter as well as set an anchor point to pray together when we get in the car to go somewhere.”
● Johnny & YY – “We will find time to sing with our 3-year-old son. We will clap hands and encourage each other after we sing or blow a kiss to Abba. From this, our son is learning how to express himself to God, and our family can experience greater joy and freedom before God.
After the games and testimonies, we divided into cell groups by table and shared what we were doing in our own family fellowship time or how we wanted to improve in this area. One of the brothers shared how his wife and he would argue every Sunday over which church they should go to; but, recently, they can enjoy the time to pray the Precious Prayers and worship together instead. Another brother shared that he liked to portray strength and didn’t like to tell his difficulties or feelings to his wife. But he also agreed that a family fellowship time was needed—he just didn’t know where to begin. Another brother immediately suggested him to start with a simple 5-minute daily prayer time with his wife, which would help them both establish a habit of entrusting all to God.
In the end, brothers and sisters were so into their conversations that they almost forgot that it was time to go home! This brings great hope to us and our families; the future looks bright! May we see the importance of family fellowships, to bring harmony between couples, to raise up a glorious second generation, and have the whole family involve themselves in serving God. It all starts from our own family.
• Penny & Eric – 我們會在兒子睡覺前和他一起讀聖經故事，之後一齊禱告。
• Blue & Terence – 我們會和女兒一齊玩球，讀書和做運動。不僅一同有屬靈方面追求，是一個團契，有方向地設計家庭生活。
• Johnny & YY – 我們夫婦會找時間與三歲的兒子向神歌唱，唱完了就彼此擊掌及鼓勵，還有向阿爸向主獻上飛吻。我們的兒子從中學到怎樣向神表達，我們一家都經歷到更大的快樂和到神面前時更釋放自然。