Sunday, February 5, 2012

Faithful Families Resources February 5 2012

Weekly Inspiration
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family”
 Anthony Brandt

Family Closeness
Draw your family
Everyone will need a piece of paper and a pencil for this game, as well as a bit of scrap paper for people’s names. Write everyones name down on a piece of scrap and put them in a hat. Family members pull a name out of the hat, other than their own. Each person must draw a picture of the family member they pulled out of the hat. At the end place all the pictures face down in the middle of the table and turn them over one by one. Family members must guess who has been drawn.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • Are you more like water or earth? Why?
  • What do you like the most about your family?
  • Would you rather live in a home without electricity or without running water?

With your family read: Mark 1.40-45
Questions for Discussion:
  • Why do you think Jesus told the leper not to tell anyone what he did?
  • Why do you think Jesus touched the leper?
  • Why did the leper tell everyone when he was healed?
  • Have you ever had something happen to you that you just had to tell other people about?

About the Bible Bit
Lepers were not supposed to come near to people in case they spread their disease or made others unclean. Being unclean meant you couldn’t go to the temple to worship God. This leper comes right up to Jesus with his request. Jesus could have just spoken and the man would be healed, but he touches him  in an act of compassion and love. Jesus tells the man not to tell anyone, but he just can’t help himself and this leads to Jesus needing to stay away from towns lest he be mobbed.

Journey through the Bible
Journey through the Bible will provide five readings each week you can use in order to get a good overview of the full sweep of the story of God and His people. There are a variety of ways you might use these readings. As a parent you might read them to get a better understanding of how the divine drama unfolds. You could read them to your children and discuss them. Some are longer than others and might need to be broken up. It is important that you read them first as some readings you may feel need to be read in a children’s version of the Bible.

1 Samuel 23                            Saul pursues David
1 Samuel 24                            David spares Saul’s life
2 Samuel 5.1-25                      David becomes king of Israel
2 Samuel 7.1-29                      The Lord’s Covenant with David
1 Kings 2.1-12                                    Solomon becomes king.

Prayer and Celebration
12 Types of Prayer
In his book ‘The hour that changes the world’, Dick Eastman outlines twelve different types of prayer . In this miniseries explore the many different types of prayer with your children.
This is a time of stillness and an opportunity to listen to what God might have to say to you. Unless we encourage children to be still and alert to the possibility that God may speak to them they may miss his words to them. The simplest way to do this is to encourage your whole family to have a few minutes of silence, maybe with closed eyes. Pray beforehand that God might speak to members of your family. Take the time to share if you felt God speak to you in this time. Remind your children that God may not speak to them in that moment but if they are open to him speaking they may hear him speak in their heart at another time of day. Children will often ask about hearing a audible voice. Explain to them that it is much more common for people to hear God speaking within themselves. It is also important for all of us to make sure what we hear God say to us is in line with scripture and the counsel of wise Christians.


There are many ways to entrench patterns of compassion, thoughtfulness and care for others into our family life.  Our children should have significant memories of kindness and generous acts of faithful serving.  These should be spontaneous as well as constructed events. Examples of this include:

Connecting with a local service [aged care home meals on wheels, service for disabled, animal welfare league, local conservation group, rural fire brigade, S.E.S. etc etc], volunteering as a family.Adopting a special person in the community or neighbourhood and engaging in regular patterns of care. 

One organisation that helps people and families connect with others in the community is FSG. Their  community connectors and host family programs are particularly good in this area – check out their web page

Family Time Extra
Paper Doll Activities
For each family member draw an outline of a person on a separate  large piece of paper. (If you have large enough paper, lie down on it  and trace around your body.)Each person adds drawings, words and/or  magazine pictures to tell about him or herself. As family members work, comment, "As a child of God, you are special! The drawings, words, pictures on your outline show some of the ways God has made you special."

(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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