It is estimated that parents have 3000 hours of intentional time with their kids each year. The Kids Team knows that those hours are vital in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of your kids. In 2019, we want to encourage and challenge you to find rhythms in your home that are engaging, creative, fun and allow for natural conversations about faith and Jesus. Every month a staff member from the Kids Ministry Team will share an idea from their family rhythm that will guide you in making those 3000 hours a year a little more intentional. Join us each month by sharing how you incorporated the month’s challenge in your home. Post your family experiences to social media using #mhcfamilychallenge for chances to win prizes and encourage other families to join the challenge!

Focus on Gratitude

November is my favorite month, with my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. We find ourselves repeatedly taking life for granted. What a great time to slow down as families and ponder what we are grateful for this year. Our kids are grown now, but when they were at home, our family would go around the table on Thanksgiving Day and each share what we were thankful/grateful for. It gave us a chance to reflect and thank the Lord for the many gifts we’ve been given. I like option #4 (see below) which can be taken a step further by writing a thank you note. This month’s family challenge is to use the cards provided to decide as a family who you’d like to write a thank-you note to. Blessings to all of you!


Don’t forget that we can be thankful in all things, even the difficult things because those help us become stronger and more grateful for the things we might have missed before. Download the PDF below to practice being grateful as a family. You can use the Gratitude Challenge in a few ways!

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