|Urge family attendance at the Divine Liturgy on a regular
basis. Plan a monthly "Family Sunday" program.
||Encourage families to regularly receive Holy Communion together
as a family.
||Include in the parish calendar community events that can involve
all members of the family: picnics, after Liturgy luncheons, family
socials, film showings, athletic contests, etc. Work toward the
goal of a "family oriented" parish.
||Schedule a series of "family evenings" to include
a lecture and/or Bible study [one adult section, one youth section],
an open dialogue or discussion, a brief service with congregational
participation, and refreshments.
||Sponsor a "Church Family Conference". It begins
on a Sunday morning with a narration of the Divine Liturgy, a
special sermon, a workshop-drama "Worship in the Home",
and an open discussion concluding at 3:30 PM.
||Consider establishing a reduced family rate ticket for certain
parish community events whereby all members of the family can
attend at a family rate. This will encourage greater participation
by entire families in community events.
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