Sunday, June 5, 2016

Faithful Families Resources June 5 2016

This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.
~ Patrick Henry

Family Closeness
Fortunately Unfortunately
This is a storytelling game that will get you thinking about how much worse and better things could possibly be. The first person comes up with an opening line. “Once upon a time I had a pet dog”. Person two adds another line with a turn for the worse plot twist: Unfortunately, my dog bit me. Person three takes the story on a turn for the better: “Fortunately, my dog had no teeth” Play with  the story and take it as far as you can. See how badly or happily it can end.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.

Tell a story about something that happened at school today and another story that you made up about something that happened.  Family members have to guess which is which.

With your family read:  Luke 7.36-8.3
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at 

Questions for Discussion:
  • What do you think about what the woman did for Jesus?
  • Why was the Pharisee upset?
  • Who treated Jesus with more love?
  • Who do you think had more faith – the Pharisee or the woman?

Prayer and Celebration
Praying for the World
Using either a globe or a map or a list of countries, pick a place to pray for from around the world. You could use information gathered from the news or the internet to find out what to pray for. Another source of prayer information specifically designed for this is Operation World.  Operation World provides a brief profile of the country and lists some things that may be the focus of your prayer.
Family Activity
Crazy shopping night.
This is a strange idea but good for teaching your children about the use of money. Go to a shopping centre on a relatively quiet night and provide your children with a small amount of money, maybe four dollars. Their goal is to see how much they can buy using that amount of money.

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