Sunday, September 25, 2016

Faithful Families Resources September 25 2016

"A man must talk to God about his children before he talks to his children about God."

~ Ed Cole

Family Closeness
Everyone puts their hands on their eyes making fake glasses with thumb and forefinger. Someone starts by moving their right hand out and saying “buck” (like a chicken), the person to their right then does the same, this continues around the circle until somebody moves both hands away from their face at the same time and says “BUCKERK” (like a crazy chicken). The person to their left then moves their left hand away from their face while saying “buck” and the pattern continues. One hand in the direction and “buck” to continue along, and two hands and “BUCKERK” to change the direction.

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 17.5-10
Questions for Discussion:
  • What does it mean to have faith the size of a mustard seed?
  • What can we do to serve Jesus?

Prayer and Celebration
Thank You Board
It is easy for children and adults to get into a rut of praying for the same things every night or week. One way of avoiding this is to create a thank you board. This could be a small white board or piece of cardboard. Each time you pray together encourage your children to think of three things they are grateful or want to thank God for. Write them on post it notes and stick them to the board. The next time you come to pray tell your family to give thanks for three things that are not on the board. In this way the imagination is expanded and we come to realise there is a whole world of things to give thanks for.

(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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