Sunday, July 24, 2016

Faithful Families Resources July 24 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Love is one grand secret of successful training. Anger and harshness may frighten, but they will not persuade the child that you are right; and if he sees you often out of temper, you will soon cease to have his respect. A father who speaks to his son as Saul did to Jonathan (1 Sam. 20:30) need not expect to retain his influence over that son's mind.
~J. C. Ryle

Family Closeness
Zip Zap
This is a  basic game consisting of two words- "Zip" and "Zap". Someone will begin the "flow" by turning to the person next to them and saying "Zip". The flow will continue in the same direction with everyone saying "Zip" until someone decides to reverse the flow by saying "Zap." At that time, the person who just got "zapped" will look at the "zap"-er and say "Zip!" Flow then reverses from it's original with everyone saying Zip again. Example: The "Zip" starts clockwise around the circle until 1 person looks the other way and says "Zap." Then the "Zip" flows counterclockwise until someone else says "Zap." 

Zip continues the flow, Zap reverses it. 

If someone says the wrong word, mumbles, stalls, or looks the wrong way for the word they said, they're out. Continue playing until down to 2 players. 

(The Source for Youth Ministry)
Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Family Fill-Ins
With your family complete as many of these statements as you can:

We are a family who
cares for…
would never…
would rather…
loves to…
will someday…

(Adventures for Growing Families. Wes & Sheryl Haystead)

With your family read:  Luke 12.13-21 (The Rich Man who built a barn)
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at:

Questions for Discussion:
  • What does Jesus warn people against in this story?
  • What did the man in the story do that Jesus showed to be foolish?
  • What could he have done with his extra wealth?
  • What do you think it means to be rich towards God? 

Prayer and Celebration
Praying ACTS
Often children get into the habit of always praying thank you prayers or always praying asking prayers. One way to help them broaden their idea of prayer is to teach them this simple way of remembering some different types of prayer.
A – adoration : Prayers telling God how wonderful He is.
C – confession : Prayers saying sorry for the wrong we have done.
T – thanksgiving : Prayers thanking God for all He has done.
S – supplication: Prayers asking God for the things we and others need.

On different days of the week you might like to get your family to talk about and pray each of the different types of prayers. Alternatively you could write the four letters on pieces of paper and pick them out of a hat to determine which one you will use. When it come to confession prayers help your children think not just about their own personal sin but the things we as a people have failed to do – like care for the environment or the needy.

Encourage your family to have a week of compliments. Practice by starting with your own family and encourage everyone to find things they want to compliment or encourage each other about. Expand this to the places you work or go to school or play. Compliments could be for anything, even small things. It might be for something someone does well, for something positive in their character, or for something they have done that was beneficial. This may seem like a small way to serve but it is something that even young children can learn to do. It not only is a way of serving but also a way of shaping character.

Family Activity
Plant a Garden Together

 It doesn't have to be a huge garden but it might encourage your children to eat more vegetables. Plant the things that are guaranteed to produce like zucchinis, cherry tomatoes and beans. Find some more information on this activity here.

(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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