Sunday, August 19, 2012

Faithful Families Resources August 19 2012

Weekly Inspiration
Some people are born into wonderful families.
Others have to find or create them.
Being a member of a family is a priceless membership
that we pay nothing for but love.
 ~ Jim Stovall

Family Closeness
A simple but fun game to play. Take turns doing impressions of people off TV, cartoons and movies. Family members have to guess who it is that you are impersonating.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • Why is it hard to tell the truth sometimes?
  • Is there ever a time when it would be okay to tell a lie?
  • Why is the truth  so important?

With your family read Ephesians 6.10-20
Questions for Discussion:
  • What are the different bits of the armour of God?
  • Can you tell what each bit is supposed to help us with?
  • Why do you think we need these things?

Prayer and Celebration
Prayers of Confession
Prayers of confession are a normal part of a Christian’s prayer life. All of us, including children do things we wish we hadn’t, or don’t do the things we should. Confession, saying sorry and asking God for forgiveness is something that parents should model to children. There are various ways we might engage our children in prayers of confession.
Burning Prayers
Your family might like to individually write down things they would like to say sorry for. These prayers might then be placed in a bowl and burnt as a symbol of God’s forgiveness.
The following words might be used to help children have a language for this type of prayer:
 I got really angry today.  I think I know why, and I wish I wouldn’t.  I feel so out of control.  I feel disappointed.  Jesus, I am sorry for any hurt I have caused today.  Help me to be gentle.  Help me to love more and more.  Help me to love.
 Help me to put aside the things that hurt others, you, and me.  I am sorry for . . . .  Grant your grace to me, that I might grow more into who I am, and who you call me to be.
Words from scripture might be used to help children see that God takes away our sins from us and forgives us.
These could include:
If you sin, Jesus Christ always does the right thing, and he will speak to the Father for us. Christ is the sacrifice that takes away our sins and the sins of all the world’s people.” (1 John 2:1–2, CEV)
How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!” (Psalm 103:12, CEV)

The World Vision Forty Hour Famine has been on this weekend. One of the great things about the FHF is that it helps young people to get a sense of what life would be like if they couldn’t eat whenever they felt like it, as many people throughout the world do. As a family you don’t need to wait for charities to do drives like these. You can choose your own charity and decide what activity you might do as a family in order to get a sense for how difficult the lives of others can be. This could be going without food for a period but it might also include activities like carry water buckets (as many children need to do to get fresh water) or going without electricity. When you have completed your project make a donation to the charity you wish to support.

Family Time
Bonus Family Activity
Pasta Art
This is a fun and relatively inexpensive way of having some fun art time together. Buy some different shaped dried pasta. These can be either glued to paper to create a picture or they could be glued together to make a sculpture. When the glue dries your creations can be painted with craft paint. Have fun!

(This material is based on and draws from earlier Faithful Families emails by Stephen Harrison & Richard Browning: An Unless Ideas Production.) Unless otherwise noted all material on this blog is copyright Stephen Harrison and Richard Browning

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