Sunday, June 22, 2014

Faithful Families Resources June 22 2014

Some of the most important conversations I've ever had occurred at my family's dinner table.
~ Bob Ehrlich

Family Closeness
First and Last
Pick a category of things. It might be places, or vegetable or movies. Whatever you can come up with. Someone starts by saying something in that category, for example in the vegetable category you might say carrot. The next person has to say something starting with the last letter of the word already. In this case t – so they might say turnip. Keep going until someone can’t think of anything to say.

These questions are to stimulate a sense of openness, sharing and discovery about your family. The key is to listen. 
  • Do you think it's important to get physical education in school? Why or why not?
  • Why do you, or don't you, like violent movies?
  • What do you think are the characteristics that make a good parent?


With your family read Matthew 10.40-42

Questions for Discussion:
  • What do you think it means to welcome someone?
  • How has your family welcomed someone?
  • What little things can we do to show hospitality to others?

Prayer and Celebration
Prayer Calendar
At the start of each month take a blank calendar and write a prayer concern for each day. You might like to start with world problems and through the week move more closely to issues in your own community. Use the calendar each night at dinner time.

Some useful information and ideas from the Raising Children Network about getting teenagers involved in service.

Family Time
Make a board game
Create your own board game. Use a large piece of white cardboard to draw the game. Create your own rules. You might like to start by thinking about some of the board games you like and how they work.

(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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