Sunday, May 27, 2012

Faithful Families Resources May 26 2012

Weekly Inspiration
Family life is not a computer program that runs on its own; it needs continual input from everyone.
~Neil Kurshan

Family Closeness
Pirate Pictionary
This game is just like Pictionary except you have to act out the words with your hands. No words or sounds are allowed. Family members must pick a piece of paper out of a hat with one of the following words written on it : plank, hourglass, pirate, hook, treasure, parrot (or any other pirate word).The word must be acted out using only the hands, until family members guess what it is.
Other lists of words can be generated by thinking about the different books children read. Eg.
Dr Suess: Grinch, Horton, Cat in the Hat, Who, the Lorax.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Finish these sentences:
  • Something my Mum/Dad told me that they did when they were my age was
  • I’m grateful to my friends because . . .
  • I feel good when . . .
  • I feel small when . . .

With your family read John 3.1-17
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What did Jesus say people needed to do to see the kingdom of God?
  • What do you think this means?
  • What two things did Jesus say people needed to be “born of” to enter the kingdom of God?
  • What did God give the world in order to save it?
  • Why is this good news?

Prayer and Celebration
A simple way of praying this week that involves your family using their imagination to see the things they wish to pray for. One of the adults will lead this and may choose one or a variety of the prayers listed here. Finishing with the Lord’s prayer may be a good option for finishing this time of prayer.

As we come to pray I invite you to use your imagination to create in your mind a picture of that thing  which you wish to pray for… I will give you four phrases to use, to help you see those things that need your prayer… There will be space…and then you will hear “God of love”, …to which you may respond…hear our prayer…

A hurt that needs healing…
A friend in trouble…
Something to say thankyou for…
A problem that needs solving…
Something to say sorry for…
Someone to say sorry to…
Someone who needs my friendship…
Someone who needs words of praise…

This idea came from a colleague of mine (thanks JK!) and requires the permission and authorisation of the organisation you are collecting for and of the shop you will do it outside of. In short you stand outside of a supermarket and speak to people on the way in to do their grocery shopping. You let them know you are collecting goods for a particular organisation/food hamper that provides food to the poor or needy. People are asked to buy something extra to pop in the box as a donation on their way out. Obviously permission is needed and some form of identification from the organisation you are collecting for might also be essential

Family Time
Bonus Family Activity
Pajama Rides
This activity (which I was also told about during the week) is focussed around creating fun memories with your children. On a suitable night , children are put to bed early. After a few minutes you go back into their room, wake them up and yell out “pajama ride”. The children get their shoes on, everyone hops in the car and you go out and get ice cream. 

(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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