Faith Family Blessings is a way for Elkdale to come alongside your family from the birth of your child to his or her high school graduation.
There are seven blessings that we believe are essential for one generation to pass on their faith to the next:
Blessing 1: PARENT/BABY DEDICATION
This blessing occurs when a new child enters your family. It is an opportunity for you to dedicate your child to the Lord and for you to dedicate yourselves to be the primary spiritual influence in your child's life.
Blessing 2: SALVATION AND BAPTISm
This blessing occurs when you lead your child to Christ. Once your child makes a decision to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior and has a clear understanding of salvation, your child may celebrate with believer's baptism.
Blessing 3: SCRIPTURE MEMORY
This blessing will take place over time. It is listed as third, but you will want to get started with this blessing as soon as you can. We have three sets of scripture to keep your child learning from the crib to graduation.
Blessing 4: PURITY FOR LIFe
This blessing occurs when your teenager sincerely commits to a life a purity, honoring God in all they do. It is to be celebrated in a personal manner, away from the church.
Blessing 5: RITE OF PASSAGE
This blessing is a time to affirm your teenager in who they are and what they mean to you. This event serves as a symbol of their transition to adulthood and taking spiritual ownership of their lives. We recommend this be done as they turn sixteen or after their sixteenth birthday.
Blessing 6: WRITTEN BLESSING
This blessing is a time for you to write a letter to your child as they graduate high school. You will have the opportunity to encourage, motivate, and affirm your graduate as they move into the next area of their life. This is the culmination of all of the blessings.
Blessing 7: FAMILY MISSION TRIP
This blessing, although number seven, is not designed to take place last. We put it at number seven because it can take place at any time on this path and certainly more than once! This is an opportunity for your family to serve together on a mission trip and tell others the good news of Jesus Christ.
For a more detailed look at this ministry, check out our Faith Family Blessings Booklet and the Faith Family Blessings Center located in the main lobby of our church building. You will find some great resources that will help you effectively pass on your faith.