Sunday, March 15, 2015

Faithful Families Resources March 15 2015

Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others.
~Sidonie Gruenberg

Family Closeness
A family member takes a turn rolling a die and may continue to do so for as long as they wish, adding up their score as they go along. The aim is to be the first to reach fifty. A player continues to throw the die and add their score until they choose to stop for that round or they throw a one on the die.  If a player stops before they roll a one they get to keep their score and add it to the next round.  A throw of one cancels their score for the round and ends their turn.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • Would you prefer to be a fish or a bird?
  • What food would you be happy to eat every day?
  • What is something you like about your sister or brother? (or a best friend)

With your family read: John 12.20-24
Questions for Discussion:
  • What do you think Jesus meant when he said it was time to be glorified?
  • What did Jesus say happens when a seed falls to the ground and dies?
  • What good things come from Jesus death and resurrection?

Prayer and Celebration
Prayers to use in Lent
These prayers may be used as part of a meal time pattern of prayer or
at other times.

Jesus our helper, our healer and friend,
As we journey through Lent, help us to
see you more clearly
love you more dearly
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.  Amen.                 
~Taken from the Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

As we journey with Jesus to Easter, let his teachings be in our heads
and our thinking, our feet and our walking, our hands and our
serving, our hearts and our loving:

Blessed are the poor in spirit
response: For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn:
response: For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek:
response: For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for what is right:
response: For they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful:
response: For mercy shall be shown to them.

Family Time
Crayon "Stained Glass" Cross
Cut out two identical cross shapes from wax paper. Scrape crayons with a blunt knife to create shavings of different colours. Spread the crayons on one of the pieces of waxed paper in the pattern you want. Place the second wax paper cross on top of the first with the shavings in between. Use  a warm iron to press the two pieces of wax paper together. Hang them up to somewhere that all the family can see.

(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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