Sunday, March 27, 2016

Faithful Families Resources March 27 2016

Weekly Inspiration
A church that is serious about children is serious about educating adults
~ John Westerhoff

Video of the Week

"Throughout the course of his public ministry, Jesus knew both the adoration and desertion of the crowds.Today, just as 2,000 years ago, the gospel asks a question that demands an answer: Will we follow? This video illustrates this truth through the dynamic lens of a 21st-century social network. In the midst of the joy of Easter, it can be difficult to acknowledge doubt. But the redemptive story of Thomas declares that doubt has long been a part of Easter."

Family Closeness
 Faith Walk
Blind fold your family and lead them through the house on a faith walk. Get them to feel different things around the house. Spin them around a few times to confuse them, then see if they can tell what room they are in. Ask them what they learnt about their home seeing with ‘different’ eyes. (That is their fingers).

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • If you could decorate our home, what would it look like?
  • Do you think it's important to get physical education in school? Why or why not?

With your family read:  John 20.19-31
 Questions for Discussion:
  • Why did Jesus show the disciples his hands and side?
  • What do you think it means to “receive the Holy Spirit”
  • Why do you think Thomas doubted?
  • What changed Thomas’ mind?

Prayer and Celebration
O God,
your son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns with you and Holy Spirit,
now and forever. Amen. 

Family Activity

Tell your children every day how special they are, that you believe in them, that you love them. Write some letters to your children telling them what you think is special about them or encouraging them. Put the letters in a place they might find them or in their lunch box. At bedtime say a prayer out loud for your children. Pray that God might bless them, that they might feel special and loved, pray that they may become all God has made them to be. Make a pocket out of a paper bag, decorate it and stick it up in your child’s room. Put special messages and notes in it to tell your children you think they are special.

Doing these things might help your children see themselves in a new and special way. In seeing themselves as people who are loved, watch them grow into all that they might be.

(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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