Faith is formed through embedded practices… specific, deliberate religious activities that are firmly intertwined with the daily habits of family routines.
– Robert Wuthnow, Growing Up Religious
The Importance of Faith at Home
When households practice faith at home, everyone can grow closer to God. Research shows that children and youth whose families participate in Christian conversations, Bible reading, traditions, and prayer are more likely to claim their faith as adults. Church leaders have a special role to play in encouraging and equipping families to connect Sunday worship with life at home.
Building Faith’s “Home Practices” are do-able, adaptable, fun, and meaningful. These activities can be used by households of all shapes and sizes, including singles, friends, couples, children, teens, and parents.
Home Practices Articles
Even if we sometimes feel unsure about adapting or creating family prayers, rituals, and other practices (and I don’t mind admitting that I do), it’s nice to have this concrete reminder that the way we live our everyday lives matters not just to God but to the corporate lives of even our smallest faith communities.
On the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, family and friends can gather at the main entrances to homes or apartments (nursing home quarters, extended care facility, hospital rooms), and ask God’s blessing on their dwellings and on all who live or visit there.