What will the New Year bring for your family?

Now more than ever, it’s important for us to be checking in with each other. We often take for granted that just because we live in the same household, we have a good sense of how everyone is doing. But, with Covid-19 and the lack of social interaction outside the home, strengthening our connections inside the home are just as important.

With the new year approaching, it’s a perfect time to gather the family to reflect, share and set some intentions for 2021. Most of us make personal resolutions in the new year, but have you ever considered making family resolutions as well? Setting time aside each week to meet with your family is a great way to not only strengthen family bonds, but also a great forum for discussion of family values, goals and ways in which you can enrich the lives of others in our community.

Setting resolutions for yourself or for your family may seems overwhelming, so we’ve put together a list of ideas to help get you started. Figure out which ones resonate most and maybe add some of your own, too. Here’s to living our best lives in 2021!

1. Do a random act of kindness. Send a card to a grandparent, color a picture for a neighbor, call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Reaching out with kindness makes our world better.

2. Create a family gratitude journal. Leave a journal in a place where people will see it and encourage everyone to write at least one thing they are grateful for each day. Read your gratitudes aloud as a family after a tough week.

3. Commit to watching online church together twice a month. Click here for more information on online worship.

4. Pray together. The act of praying in a group is very impactful. Sharing your prayer requests allows your family to pray for your concerns, too.

5. Start a family book club. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is a classic fantasy series that will spawn great family discussions including the books’ parallels to Christianity. There are lots of great books families can read together.

6. Participate in community service. Feel free to contact our Outreach Commission for opportunities. Click here for more information on our outreach partners.