Sunday, August 14, 2016

Faithful Families Resources August 14 2016

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
~ C. S. Lewis

Family Closeness
Pick a letter at random. Go around your family taking turns to say a different word beginning with that letter. Go around as many times as you can. Stop only when a word is repeated or you can’t think of any more. (New Games for Community. C Gapes)

Questions for stimulating conversation at the dinner table.
Do you find it hard to sit and do nothing? Why?
What is your favourite place to do nothing?

With your family read:  Luke 13.10-17
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at

Questions for Discussion:
  • Why was the synagogue leader upset by what Jesus did?
  • Have you ever not helped someone because you were supposed to be doing something else.

Prayer and Celebration
Prayer Beads

Prayer Beads can be a helpful way to be still and pray while doing 'nothing' at the same time. Sometimes it is hard to sit and pray and we might need help stilling ourselves. Prayer beads can be used with all different kinds of prayers as prayer itself or to settles oneself to pray.

See this Society of St Francis page for a way of using them. Children could use prayer beads with simpler prayers.

(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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