What is Family Time?
Family Time is a collection of resources providing tools, practical advice and support to parents of children and teenagers. The aim is to empower parents to move from simply surviving family life to being proactive in leading families that are not only strong in themselves but also seek to make a difference in the communities in which they live. Family Time is based on Christian principles, and aims to equip and envision every parent, whether Christian or not, to deal with the many issues they come up against in family life.
Pioneered by Mark and Lindsay Melluish, Family Time was first launched as a book in 1999. This was republished Family Time: Parenting Children in 2007, and the 6-week course was released on DVD in November 2009. Family Time: Parenting Teenagers is also a six-session course available as a book as well as on DVD. It was developed by Paul and Christine Perkin and provides an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents facing similar issues through the teenage years.
Running a course
The Family Time courses present churches with a unique opportunity to build bridges into local communities and meet parents at their point of need. They're ideal for use in your local church or school, or anywhere else where you have a community of parents. A typical evening begins with a talk, followed by refreshments and then discussion groups. All the course material is free to download, but you are encouraged to take some time to plan each session in advance, incorporating your own examples and experiences.
Don't forget to register your course with the National Parenting Initiative.
|Leader's Guide||Leader's Guide|
|Session 1: A vision for the family||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 2: Communicating love||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 3: Who is influencing my children?||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 4: Family values||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 5: Guiding, shaping, boundaries||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 6: Modelling love and respect||Notes Powerpoint|
|Leader's Guide||Leader's Guide|
|Session 1: The Teenage Universe - 'A Galaxy far, far away'||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 2: Teenage Communication - 'On the Radar Screen'||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 3: Teenage Growth - 'Built to Last'||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 4: Teenage Tensions - 'Boundaries and Battlefields'||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 5: Teenage Issues - 'Security, Sex and Substances'||Notes Powerpoint|
|Session 6: Teenage Pressures - 'Consumerism, Cash and Cyberspace'||Notes Powerpoint|
New Parents Course
|Intro and Session 1||Notes|
All resources are available to buy through the Shop.
Packs of invitations and posters are available to buy, which will help you advertise your course. They provide space to enter times, dates and contact details, and also include a generic application form. The invitations also give an overview of a typical course.
This is for delegates to use throughout the course. Each chapter accompanies one of the sessions of the course, providing all you need to work through the issues raised by the course and accompanying book, including exercises, scenarios and discussion points.
All 6 sessions are available to buy on DVD. This takes the pressure to plan and prepare talks off small groups or busy parents - just press play! You can gather parents together informally, over coffee or after a meal and watch at your leisure. It's an interactive resource with individual and group exercises and scenarios to stimulate discussion.
This mines the wisdom that comes to us from the Bible, exploring in a practical way how we can raise our children within the framework of God's liberating, unconditional love. The focus is on the family as a whole: how we relate to one another, as well as how we relate to those around us. It covers all six sessions of the course, offering parents of children and teenagers insightful and practical help.
There is an annual conference for people interested in running either the Parenting Children or Parenting Teenagers course in their local church or community.
If you have any further questions about Family Time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8567 6717.
Don't forget to register your Family Time course with us. We'd love to keep you up to date with any news, conferences and new products, as well as advertising your course on the Family Time website.
Family Time: Parenting Children
Family Time: Parenting Teenagers
'Brilliant, enjoyable. I thought it would be a long time but it flew by. I would recommend this course to all parents of young, and older, children'
'I feel I have been given a gift of a very full tool kit to use for the rest of my life'
'Thank God for this course - it will amuse, motivate, inspire and equip. We wish we'd had this before we started parenting our teenagers!'
'It gave us fresh hope and motivation to reconnect with our teenager.'
Family Time courses have been run (or are running where date shown) in the following churches:
- All Saints Church, Crowborough
- All Saints, Stockton on Tees
- Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis (Parenting Teenagers)
- Bon Accord, Aberdeen
- Chalfont St Peter
- Chase Family Church 27 Feb for six weeks
- Christ Church Abingdon
- Christ Church Chorleywood
- Christ Church Liverpool
- Christ Church Purley
- Christ Church Warminster
- Cirencester Baptist Church 25 Feb - 1 Apr
- Ebenezer, Bristol (Parenting Children)
- EEC, Westminster, London
- Exe Valley Churches, Tiverton
- Forge Community, Stowmarket
- Holy Trinity Aylesbury
- Holy Trinity Shrewsbury
- Kings Church Upminster
- Knock Free Church, Isle of Lewis (Parenting Children)
- Larbert Pentecostal Church
- London Network Church
- London Network Church, Acton
- Loose Baptist, Maidstone, Kent
- Lyndhurst Baptist, Hampshire
- Maswell Park Church, Hounslow
- New Life, Holywell, Wales
- New Life Baptist Church (Parenting Children)
- New Malden Baptist
- Oundle Baptist Church
- Peachcroft Centre, Abingdon
- Purley Baptist Church
- St Andrews Histon, Cambridge
- St Andrews, High Wycombe
- St Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough
- St Edyth, Sea Mills, Bristol
- St James' Croydon
- St John’s Clayton, Bradford
- St John's Egham, Surrey
- St Katherine's, London W12
- St Lawrence, Jersey
- St Leonard Semley, Wiltshire
- St Leonard's Chesham, Amersham
- St Luke’s Wellsway, Bath
- St Mary's Bramshot, Hampshire
- St Mary's Hampton, Middlesex
- St Mary’s, Purley on Thames
- St Michaels Budbrooke, Warwick
- St Michaels Southfields, London
- St Paul's Kingston Hill
- St Paul's St Albans (Parenting Teenagers)
- St Thomas' Ensbury Park
- Scunthorpe Baptist Church
- Tankerton Evangelical, Whitstable
- The Bridge Church, St Ives
- Tunbridge Wells Baptist, Kent
- Weymouth Baptist, Dorset