Resources for Parents and Guardians

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer: For the Care of Children

Christian faith development begins at home. Adults who are raising children have extraordinary capacity to encourage home-based patterns of prayer, worship, and service that will last a lifetime. Make use of the following resources for creating faith-filled Christian households —

  • Faith at Home, created by Episcopal parent Barbara Laufersweiler, is a website full of resources, books, prayers and home-based Christian practices appropriate to all types of families.
  • Grow Christians
  • Candle Press publishes charming and accessible liturgical teaching resources for families with young children. Their companion guides for Baptism and Eucharist are especially engaging.
  • Vibrant Faith Ministries, formerly the Youth & Family Institute, “...equips congregations, households and individuals to live a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ and share the Christian faith among all generations.” This robust online community offers access to publications, training for parents and professional ministers, and Christian practices for families to use at home.

Parents, don’t forget to take care of yourselves! Take a look at resources for spirituality to make sure that your own faith is nourished as you raise your children.

Safe Church

The Episcopal Diocese of California offers a comprehensive policy, training, and screening resources for people who minister with minors. Click here for more information.

Episcopal Resource Center

A state-of-the art library of resources (books, curricula, and audiovisual) for Episcopal Christian educators, clergy, and lay leaders. The ERC is located at St. Thomas’, Sunnyvale. Click here for more information.

DioCal Camps

Click here for information on summer camp programs and facilities in the diocese.

Essential Reading List