Sunday, May 26, 2013

Faithful Families Resources May 26 2013

 Weekly Inspiration

"When correcting a child, the goal is to apply light, not heat." 
~Woodrow Wilson

Family Closeness

Tickle Toes

How much can you feel with your toes? Blindfold a family member. Tickle their bare toes using objects with different surfaces – soft, rough, smooth, mushy – whatever you can find. The blindfolded family member has to guess what it is that is touching them. Try to come up with some bizarre feeling objects to use.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.

My Perfect Room
If you could create a perfect room for yourself, what kind of room would it be? (Bedroom, Dining Room, Bathroom, Study, Play room) What would it look like inside? What things would you have inside it? Describe what you would like to do in this room? Encourage your family to use their imagination to describe it in as much detail as possible.(Icebreakers and Heartwarmers. Steve Sheely)

With your family read:  Luke 7.1-10
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at

 Questions for Discussion:
  • What surprises you about this story?
  • Why do you think the centurion changed his mind about Jesus coming to his house?
  • What do you think about the centurions faith? 

Prayer and Celebration
Imagination Prayers
There are manys ways that engage the imagination of your family while praying for the needs of the world. Use this simple pattern below to begin. You might like to create new sentence starters to help your family pray for different things. Silence is a gift of God that is often pushed out in the busy and clutter of the modern world. Encourage your family to stop, be still and listen.
I wonder who God might want me to be a friend to or to care for?
I wonder what God might want me to do this week?
I wonder whether there is any limit to God’s love?
I wonder what kind of person God wants me to grow to be?
Thank you God for seeing the prayers we offer in our hearts and minds. 

Family Activity
Story Time
Ask a child to find a favourite book or story. Read the book together, then ask, “In this book, what could (main character) have thanked God for? When might he or she have needed God’s help? If (character) had talked to God, what might he or she have said?For younger children. Look at a picture book with your younger child. Talk with your child about the pictures using questions such as , “What do you see on this page that you are thankful to God for? What could the girl on this page tell God about?” 

(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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