Sunday, June 15, 2014

Faithful Families Resources June 15 2014

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. ~ Cicero

Family Closeness
The Theme Song Game
One person hums the tune to a favourite TV show or song and everyone else has to guess what it is. Whoever guesses gets to go next.

These questions are to stimulate a sense of openness, sharing and discovery about your family. The key is to listen. 
  • What are some of our family’s traditions?
  • What are some good ways to overcome feeling sad?
  • What would you do to make the world a better place? 

 With your family read Matthew 10.29-32

Questions for Discussion:
  • How do you feel that  God knows everything about you?
  • What things do you worry about?
  • How do you remind yourself that God cares for you? 

Prayer and Celebration
Body Prayers
As you pray for each of these things put your hands over these parts of the body. Alternatively you could make a sign of the cross on them.

On the ears (that I might listen for God’s voice and hear God’s Word)
On the eyes (that I might see God’s glory in all of life)
On the lips (that I might say the name of Christ and speak of God to others)
On the heart (that I might remember that I am loved by God and belong to Him)
On the hands (that I might show God to others through my work and deeds)
On the feet (that I might follow Christ and walk in His way)

Big Hearted Families
Big Hearted Families is a website that provides ideas and resources for families to engage in service activities together. They have some great worksheets for helping your family think about how they might get started:

Family Time
Obstacle course
Create an obstacle course in your backyard. Use things like hula hoops, skipping ropes and boxes.  Compete with each other for best time. Encourage each family member to reconfigure the course. This is great fun and a fantastic way to provide exercise for the whole family

(This material is based on and draws from earlier Faithful Families emails by Stephen Harrison and 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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