Sunday, September 16, 2012

Faithful Families Resources September 16 2012

Weekly Inspiration
Appreciate every moment with your children.   Don't wish their childhood away.

One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, or what kind of house you lived in, or how many books you wrote, or what your clothes looked like.

But the world may be a little better because you were important in the life of a child.

Family Closeness
For this game you will need a deck of cards and one less spoon than the number of people at the table. The spoons should be placed in the centre of the table. Deal four cards to each of the players and put the remaining cards in a pile. Everyone can look at their cards. The goal is to get four of a kind. Once someone gets four of a kind they take a spoon. Once someone sees someone else taking a spoon they can take a spoon too. The last person who is left without a spoon loses the game.

The first person to play picks up one card from the pile and looks at it without letting others see. They have the option of keeping the card or passing it to the person on the left. If they decide to keep the card they must pass on another card that is already in their hand to the person on the left.

The person to the left takes the discarded card, looks at it and decides whether to keep the card or to pass it on. A card is passed around until it comes back to the person who first discarded it, at which point they put it on the bottom of the pile and take a new one.
This continues until someone has four of a kind and makes a grab for a spoon.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family. 
  • Ask your parents about a difficult decision they had to make.
  • What made it difficult? How did they decide what to do? Was it the right choice?
  • What is a difficult decision you have had to make?

With your family read Mark 9.33-37
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What were the disciples arguing about?
  • How did Jesus respond to them?
  • What do you think it means to be “ last of all”? 

Prayer and Celebration
Passing of the Cross
Use a small wooden cross or even a metal one on a chain. In a circle the cross is taken up. Who ever holds the cross is the person who prays.  This prayer begins with one person who either says a prayer out loud or silently says or imagines a prayer. The cross is passed when the person who holds it is finished.  Each person takes their turn. 
Prompts may be given by the someone as the cross is passed.
 Eg. See…a friend in need, a hurt that needs healing…etc.
Pray one sentence…prompt:  thank you God for

Family Time
Fast Progressive Dinner
As a fun different meal idea take your family on a fast food progressive dinner. Start at one fast food place for entrĂ©e…maybe fries, move to another for main course and then on to another for dessert. To make it even more unusual don't decide where you will go..put the names of all the fast food places you know into a hat and draw them out as you go along.

(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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