St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

Moms and Dads Small Groups

The 4-14 Window: Mission in the Home

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The Barna Group characterizes Gen Z as the first truly 'post Christian' generation with only 4% adhering to a Biblical worldview. As the authority of scripture continues to be undermined, fewer youth know and trust what the Bible has to say about contemporary issues.  In addition, studies reveal that the “10-40” window of reaching an unreached generation occurs for between the ages of 4 - 14, so we need to be prepared for challenging conversations with our children and grandchildren while they are young.  Most Christian parents and grandparents have struggled to make disciples of their children because we’ve misunderstand that taking them to church is enough; we do not how because it hasn’t been modeled to us at home, or adding to the daily pressures of raising a family, we’re overwhelmed by occasional or ongoing crises and cultural bombardment.

Through Moses, God tells his people what His mission in our homes should look like:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

As a means of reaching the unreached Gen Z with the gospel of Jesus Christ, we’re offering Moms' and Dads' Discipleship Groups. Whether first-time parents, those seasoned by teenagers and adult children, or grand and great grandparents, we aim to come alongside one another in equipping the next generation of Christ’s witnesses. The Dads' and Moms' groups meet for six week intervals in an intentionally inter-generational and single-gender context. By exploring a variety of core values including word-inspired and Spirit-filled prayer; regular family worship; healthy and holy relationships; growth in Christ; and outreach to others, we desire to engage and equip thriving families who make a difference in our communities with the gospel for generations.  Periodically, these families will gather over table fellowships to share and celebrate God’s work in and through them.  

Our first Dads’ and Moms’ Discipleship Groups will meet from 7:30 – 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings in the Library at Resurrection Hall on 1811 Paulette Drive. After the first meeting, members may decide on a different time and location if needed.  Dads’ Groups begin meeting February 21; then, after Easter break, Moms’ Groups will begin meeting on April 18.