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Family Legacy Day

FAMILY LEGACY DAY

Family Legacy Day is a special day set aside specifically for telling and “retelling” the stories of God’s love and faithfulness in the lives of the family.

 In Psalm 78, Asaph recites the early history of Israel, warning future generations against a recurrence of their unfaithfulness to God.

 “O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.  They would not be like their forefathers—a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him” (Psalm 78:1-8).

 This passage of Scripture can serve as a reminder to all Christian parents and grandparents, to tell their children and grandchildren their personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in their lives, so the next generation will know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn will tell their children.

 Legacy: Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor from the past. 

 As parents and grandparents, it is our God-given responsibility to hand down our faith in Christ to the next generation.  Having a Family Legacy Day will help families accentuate their spiritual legacy now, while laying a foundation in Christ for future generations.

 Follow these easy steps in developing and personalizing your own Family Legacy Day.

 Pre-Family Legacy Day:

1.  Select a date that will work for all family members.  (Allow 4 – 8 hours.)

2.  Send out an invitation to family members, and include a general outline of the day.

3.  Begin praying for this special day.  Pray specifically for each family member, that their hearts and minds would be open to receive that which God has prepared for them.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide every aspect of the day.

 Things you will need:

1.   Outline or agenda for your Family Legacy Day (This will help you to stay on task.)

2.   Your Family Covenant (Make one copy per family or individual.) – If you don’t have a Family Covenant, you may go to the Covenant Heirs Blog site at: covenantheirs.org and download a copy of Making a Family Covenant.  This will guide you through the steps on developing a Family Covenant with God.

3.   A family home or other relaxed facility.

4.  Games/activities for all ages (Optional, but very important if you have little ones that need extra attention while the adults are sharing their stories, etc.)

5.  Any family photos, videos, or other memorabilia that will enhance family faith-sharing

 Faith Stories

Parents and or grandparents should prepare their personal salvation testimonies and other faith stories prior to the Family Legacy Day.  They are encouraged to write them out, even though they will want to share their stories from their hearts and in their own words on the actual Family Legacy Day. The written faith stories should be preserved in a family album or other safe place (i.e., family treasure chest).  Other family members who have experienced God’s salvation through Christ are also encouraged to write out their personal salvation story.

 When writing your personal salvation testimony, be sure to include several key elements.

  •  Your family history, as you recall growing up as a child, teenager, etc.

  • Share any Christian influences in your life, or the absence of Christianity in your life.

  • Recount specifically the details surrounding your salvation experience.

– Be sure to include what you were like before you accepted Christ as your Savior.

– Tell the circumstances of how you came to know the Lord.

– Joyfully exclaim the change that occurred in your new “born again” life.

  • Conclude by sharing your life’s passion as a devoted follower of Christ, and the desire you have to pass down your faith in Christ to your family.

 After the parents/grandparents have shared their personal testimonies of their salvation experiences, other family members are invited to share their personal salvation stories.

Note: There may be some family members who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior.  Please be very sensitive to this and avoid asking someone who is not quite ready to share. To help reduce any fears that family members may have, you may wish to send out the following message with your Family Legacy Day invitation.

 We will be sharing our personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in our lives.  We welcome you to share any faith stories that you may have, but it is not expected.  This may include your personal salvation experience, and or a story of how God has been faithful in your life this past year.

 Additional Faith Stories (Praises!)

We encourage all family members to share a faith story they have experienced in the past year.  These may include answers to specific prayers, physical healings, a restored relationship, or any other time that God’s faithfulness has been at work in their lives.

 Prayer and Scripture Reading

Spend some time in prayer, thanking God for his faithfulness and his continued love and blessings in the lives of your family.  Pray for each family member and any specific concerns that they may have.

 Select a few Scripture readings that reflect the purpose of the Family Legacy Day.

 Examples:  Duet. 6:4-9, Psalm 78:1-8, 2 Timothy 1:1-5 (or continue reading through verse 14)

 Songs of Praise

The family may choose to sing a few praise choruses or hymns.  Some family members may enjoy playing their musical instruments.

 Covenant Witness and Signing

Read through your Family Covenant and pray that God will help you keep your commitment that you are entrusting to Him.  Ask the children of the family to be your witnesses and to sign the written covenant.  You may also choose to ask others to witness and sign the covenant as well.

 The reason for witnesses is so that you will have someone who will commit to pray for you and hold you accountable to fulfill your promises to God throughout the year.

 Family Meal

Serve a family meal.  This may be kept simple so to keep the main focus of the day, and to relieve any extra work on the host family.  Pizza is always a good choice.  Some families may also enjoy a good old-fashioned family potluck!

 Games

For small children: Buy a few new activity books, crafts, or puzzles for each child. This may be offered to them if they become disruptive during any part of the day.  However, it is VERY important to attempt to keep the children in the room, as the parents/grandparents and others are sharing their personal testimonies and faith stories.

 Adults and the children will enjoy playing games as well.  Select a new family game for the occasion.

 Closing

Share a closing prayer of thanksgiving and protection over the family.  Select a date for next year’s Family Legacy Day.

 Note:  Even though some family members will have already heard the salvation stories from the previous year(s), it is vitally important to continue to “retell” the personal testimonies every year (especially parents and grandparents). New family members will probably be joining in, and it’s helpful to retell the stories for the little ones (who are sometimes too young to remember).

 When making up your own Family Legacy Day, be sure to include your last name and the date.

 Example:  Fletcher Family Legacy Day – March 21, 2009

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