Family Time Around Eating Together Creates Health

January 11, 2008

There is an old saying, “When you take food in the presence of another, you take in something of that person as well.” Now it appears, that there is scientific evidence to back that up. A five year study published just this week by the University of Minnesota, reveals that eating together as a family at least 5 times a week dramatically reduces the rate of severe eating disorders in adolescent girls. This is some of the latest research that has shown that eating together helps adolescents avoid a wide variety of heath risks. Earlier studies by the University as well as others have already shown that eating together reduces obesity, drug use, smoking and suicidal thoughts. In September of 2007, the University released another study that demonstrated the lasting positive effects of eathing together as a family on adult diets. This study indicated that adolescents who eat meals with their family more likely to have healthy eating habits as adults, such as eating more fruits, vegetables, key nutrients and less soft drinks.

We at LOGOS have always stressed the importance of Family Time and are encouraged by all of the information in these studies. Our newest LOGOS@Home lectionary-based family resource on CD is designed just for that purpose. It is meant to help families enjoy time together around a shared meal that will strengthen relationships and provide for a more healthy environment. It helps to foster an environment of caring. This caring is reflected not only in the joy that is shared but also the sorrows and heart aches. It is a reminder to us that Jesus often chose mealtimes to talk to his disciples. The rituals of sharing meals together provide for an arena of bonding and belonging.

Hopefully this research will create a movement back to the family dinner table.

Listen to our podcast on the benefits of a family meal


Children’s Ministry for the New Year

January 4, 2008

As we begin the new calendar year it is a good time to evaluate and plan for the future. Look back over the last year and review the successes and the areas where work is needed. Besides using our free tool for measuring effective children’s ministry, now is the time to ask these questions.

  1. How can we continue to make intentional children’s ministry a priority for our congregation?
  2. Are parents setting new priorities and making commitments to children’s ministry?
  3. Does the governing board of the congregation understand and support the importance of children’s ministry?
  4. Is there evidence of strong cross generational relationships?
  5. In what ways can we deepen the scope of relationships between pastor, young people and families?
  6. What are the new cultural realities in the area in which we minister?
  7. Are we reaching out to the community around us in a significant way?

Finally, in the midst of winter, it is a good time to affirm the volunteers in your children’s ministry. Look for special ways to show them how much they are appreciated and the difference they are making in the lives of children.