Passing It On:

Generational Discipleship

In Scripture, it is the model we are given for how we instill within our children and grandchildren the faith that our parents and grandparents shared with us and we do so within the context of relationship, mentorship and community.


There are examples of generational discipleship all through Scripture.

The most oft-quoted verse about generational discipleship is probably Deuteronomy 6:4-9 where we are told to impress the commands of the Lord upon our children and to talk about them when sit and when we walk and when we lie down and when we get up…so basically, all of the time. And this command is given within the full assembly of Israel to all the people, so not just to parents but to the larger faith community.


We see this idea of generational discipleship play out in Scripture through so many intergenerational and familial relationships. Some examples include but are certainly not limited to…


  • Eli and Samuel (I Samuel 3)
  • Timothy and his mother and grandmother AND Timothy and Paul (2 Tim. 1:5)
  • Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2)
  • Naomi and Ruth (The book of Ruth)
  • Moses and Joshua (Deut. 31)
  • Mordecai and Esther (The book of Esther)

Sunday School for Children

The Gospel Project - It’s more than a story—it’s good news!  We are here on Sunday mornings and beyond to assist your family with this important message.

The Gospel Project is a weekly age-appropriate Bible study curriculum that helps kids dive deep into the big story of the Bible —

God’s plan to rescue His people through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Students in Preschool-Kindergarten are meeting in Room 122 for activities. 

1st-3rd Grades are meeting in Room 123 for activities.  

4th-7th Grades meets in Room 119 are meeting in Room 120 for activities. 

Look for a children's activity sheet near the Guestbook in the Welcome Center, that helps kids focus on this week's Gospel lesson during Worship times!

Christian Education

Learning and growing events for children (beginning at three years of age) are held on Sunday mornings between services. A supervised nursery is available for children up to 3 years throughout our Sunday morning activities.


There are Bible classes and topical seminars on Sunday mornings for adults, as well at various other times throughout the week. We also have a growing number of small groups of about 10 people or less each that meet in homes, restaurants, and at church. They meet at various times of the week and some meet bi-weekly.


A mid-week class is held for grades 6 – 8 on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. These sessions offer instruction toward First Communion and the Rite of Confirmation upon completion.


Vacation Bible School is a one-week fun adventure during the summer for children of the congregation and the community. This great learning experience is not limited to the children, as many teenagers and adult volunteers share in this effort.


Adult and Children’s libraries are well stocked and current materials are available for check-out, including books, CDs, DVDs, audio and videotapes.


For more information about Christian Education, please give us a call at (269) 327-7832 or send us an email at


We also encourage families to be engaged in devotional time at home through reading the Scriptures; experiencing a new church location as you travel for vacation; finding unique and interesting places to have family prayer time; and having caring conversations about how Jesus is working within your daily lives.


Family Talks

Use this timeline activity to celebrate your journey with God and to reflect on His faithfulness in your lives over the years.

Using words, drawings, and Bible verses include marriages and birthdays, as well as family milestones, such as when a child entered preschool or when the family moved. Then add fun memories and difficult times that affected everyone — illnesses or injuries, vacations, or changes in jobs or schools.

After you are finished with your timeline, discuss these questions:

  • What are your family’s best memories? What are your future dreams for your family?
  • How have you seen God moving in your family through the years?
  • What difficult events have you overcome as a family? How did those events make you closer?
  • How has your family experienced God’s faithfulness?