Parenting, Poverty and Progress:
A Free Family Discipleship Resource
If you’re a parent, caregiver, grandparent, children’s worker, or you play some part in teaching or raising children, you’ve probably found yourself thinking, ‘how can I raise children to care about the world around them?’
We know God calls us to love our neighbour but may struggle to work out what that means in practice. So, how can we encourage our children to live out their faith and make a positive difference in the world?
That’s why Compassion UK has developed some free resources; a short video series, a five-part Bible study, and a children’s activity book, to help you talk to your children about big issues such as poverty and caring for the world around them. Each of the resources is explained below.
Parenting, poverty and progress - A Short video series
This short video series was produced in partnership with Care for The Family and St Luke’s Maidstone. In this series of 10-minute discussions, we explore five key themes connected with raising children to love their neighbour – how to create a place of love and belonging; how to make prayer and worship a natural part of family life; how can we help our children connect with their church community; how to be real about compassion; and how we can be intentional about justice.
The Compassion Collective
The Compassion Collective – produced by Compassion UK – is a set of five Bible studies for individuals, families, groups, and churches that attempt to address these questions and provide ways people can put what they’ve studied into practice.
Looking at the concept of justice, love, compassion, worship, and the church’s response, the series delves into scripture to reveal God’s mercy to His broken world. The author, Tim Robertson, reflects on God’s character, how we should respond to issues of injustice and looks at what God is already doing and how we can join in.
Compassion Explorers - A Children’s Activity Book For 5 to 11-year Olds
Compassion Explorers is an adventure-packed activity book for 5 to 11-year-olds offering a whistle-stop tour of God’s beautiful creation, exploring what He has to say about big issues like poverty and love. Full of activities and crafts, it’s a fun and engaging way for children to discover more about the world around them.
Compassion is a leading Christian children’s charity working to release children from extreme poverty in Jesus’ name.
At the heart of their ministry is a relentless passion to act with compassion and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. Their approach to fighting poverty is highly focused and personal. Since 1952, they’ve been giving children the opportunity to escape the suffering and fear that poverty brings through their one-to-one child sponsorship model.
Compassion partners with the local church to care for children living in extreme poverty in their community. The local church knows local needs, they know how difficult their mission field can be, and they’re not going anywhere.
Where to go from here?
If you’d like more information about The Compassion Collective, or to find out more about sponsorship, please visit compassionuk.org or call their friendly staff on 01932 836490. They’d love to hear from you and pray with you. You can also learn more about Compassion’s work through their regular monthly updates by subscribing to Compassion UK’s Prayer and Stories email here: compassionuk.org/pray-connect/prayer/
Written by Liz Boalch, Content Manager at Compassion