Sunday, May 6, 2012

Faithful Families Resources May 6 2012

Weekly Inspiration
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
― Mother Teresa

Family Closeness
I never
Going around the table, family members must say something they have never done, that they think other members may have done. For example – I have never been on a plane. Anyone around the table who has done that thing must put a finger up. The next person might say: i have never eaten anchovies. Again whoever has eaten anchovies must put a finger up. The one who is last to have a finger still down is the winner. One important rule is that it must have been possible for the person not to have done that thing. For example a ten year old can’t say: I have never driven a car.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Finish these sentences:
  • I’m grateful to my friends because . . .
  • I feel good when . . .
  • I feel small when . . .

With your family read: John 15.9-17
Questions for Discussion:
  • What is one thing you remember from this passage?
  • What do you key think is the message of this passage?
  • How do you think you would feel if Jesus said these things to you?

Prayer and Celebration
The prayer Jesus taught is a great model for how we might pray and how we might teach our children to do so. Each week  we will look at a line of the Lord’s prayer and discover what we can learn about prayer from it.

Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

These lines in the Lord’s prayer are a call to God to give us the strength we need in testing times and when confronted by evil and temptation.  It is easy for us to try and rely on our own strength when things are tough but God is our strength and our shield and we should call on him when we are in need.

Discuss with your family some of the ways that they might be tested and tempted?
Discuss how they might want God to help them in these times?
Take some time to name and pray for some of the things your family is struggling with at the moment.

As a family or in your church think about how you might bless the lives of those who live around you. Reflect on those people in your local area, who may be your neighbours or go to church with you, who serve in the community. Examples might be teachers or police officers, charity or emergency workers. Think of ways that you might let them know they are valued. This could include small things like making a thank you card together as a family or making a biscuit or cake for them to take to work to share. How often do we stop to thank those who look after us every day, who take risks for us or do jobs that really aren’t that pleasant? Acting in this way builds habits of thankfulness and empathy in ourselves and our children.
Family Time
Bonus Family Activity

Having a family night is a fantastic and fun way to focus on your family growing together. What is a family night? It is simply putting aside one evening a week or a month or whatever regular interval suits you to do something together that everyone will enjoy. Make
sure the dates you pick are in your diaries and give them the first priority – try to plan well ahead. Give each member a turn to plan the program for the evening. Make it a rule that there is to be no complaining or fidgeting and that everyone is to cooperate and
participate. This is especially important for the younger children whose self esteem may be damaged by older children's comments.Don't forget to talk about the purpose of the family night. Two key purposes could be 1. To have fun together. (Family night should be the most anticipated night of the week) 2. To worship the Lord together. This is an opportunity for parents to model Christian devotion to their children. (The Big Book of Family Fun. Gwen Ellis.)

Here are some ideas for fun family nights. All of these take a little planning and resource gathering…but if your family has fun and grows together it will be well worth it.

Celebration Night
Throw a party for your family or for a particular special day. Decorate the room, eat special food, play some games and generally do what you do when you have a party.

Outing Night
Go on a special adventure with your family to somewhere different than the local shopping centre.

Project Night
Provide materials for the family to make a project – art, drama or anything that comes to mind. Making puppets is one idea.

(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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