13th June

Andy’s Update

Today, as we celebrate our dads let’s remind ourselves of why dads are so important, with some interesting research and statistics from CVM

·     Fathers keep kids on the straight and narrow - 76% of young men in prison come from homes with absent fathers (Prison Reform Trust) 

·     Fathers help kids do better at school/college- father absence lowers children’s educational attainment 

·     Fathers are good for their kid's mental health – There is a negative effect of parental divorce on adult mental health. 

·     Fathers lower risk of their kids 'doing drugs' - Father absence affects their children’s likelihood of smoking cigarettes and using drugs and alcohol. 

·     Fathers help their kid's employment chance - Higher levels of unemployment is more common among those who experienced divorce in early childhood. 

Weekly Prayer Guide

Growing in God

Thank God that he’s adopted you as his child. Give thanks that when we pray, we can address God as “our Father”. Meditate on the verses below, praying God would fill you with a fresh sense of his love. 

Loving each other

Today is a difficult day for some.  Pray for families within our church community.  Reflect on the statistics on the front page and pray for the family life in our nation.

Serving our community

Pray for Home for Good, as it raises awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encourages families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equips the church to make a difference in this area.

Bible Verse for the Week

Those led by God’s Spirit are God’s children.  The Spirit you received doesn’t make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. By him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit testifies that we’re God’s children.

 (Romans 8:14-16)