Sunday, January 11, 2015

Faithful Families Resources January 11 2015

A man should never neglect his family for business.
Walt Disney

Family Closeness
No Yes or No
This is a simple but fun game that can be played around the dinner table. One person is up and must answer questions from the rest of the family without saying the words “yes” or “no”. It is the task of everyone else to get them to say these words. Questions can be asked by anyone in random order or a particular family member may be given the chance to try and trick the one who is up.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Who are your three best friends?
How did you first meet them?
Did it take long for you to become friends?
Why do you like about them?
What does it mean to be a friend? What does it mean to be a good friend?

With your family read: John 1.43-51
Questions for Discussion:
  • Why did Philip want to find Nathanael?
  • What was Nathanael’s reaction to Philip’s news?
  • Does Nathanael come to believe when he meets Jesus?
  • How can we introduce our friends to Jesus?

Prayer and Celebration
12 Types of Prayer
In his book ‘The hour that changes the world’, Dick Eastman outlines twelve different types of prayer . In this miniseries explore the many different types of prayer with your children.
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.
The natural result of watching, and asking God what he desires us to pray for is intercession.
This is a very simple type of prayer to teach children. It is basically asking God for the needs of others. This might be done is a variety of ways in the home. The various things your family has identified as needing prayer could be written on slips of paper and placed in a bowl. Family members then take a slip out of the bowl and pray for the thing written on the paper. Alternatively a prayer board – either a cork board or white board – might be created to pin up or write down the things that need prayer as they come up during the week. This can then be used as a reference for when the family prays.

Clean up a park or your neighbourhood

One simple way of serving your local community is to spend some time picking up rubbish in a local park or in your neighbourhood. This is a wonderful way to teach children about Christian stewardship of the earth. Have a conversation about how as followers of Jesus we  are to live as Jesus kingdom has come and this means being part of the restoration of the earth. You might also like to talk about how we should do good even when it cannot be seen by others.

(In some places it may not be safe for children or adults to collect rubbish because of needles or other dangerous items. An assessment of this needs to be made in your area and appropriate safety precautions (gloves etc) employed or the decision to do something else.

Family Time
An Amazing Food Night
Have a special food night where you either cook all the food that your family members love or try some exotic foods that your family may never have tried before.

 (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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