Sunday, June 24, 2012

Faithful Families Resources June 24 2012

Weekly Inspiration
Ohana means family - no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten. 
~Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, Lilo & Stitch

Family Closeness
It Could be Worse
The first family members says something like: "I almost overslept."
The next family members then says something like, "It could've been worse. You could've been late." Then member says something worse, such as, "It could've been even worse than that. You could've been in your underwear."
And then the next person tries to find something worse than that.
And the game continues until everyone has a chance to contribute (or it gets to be too much).

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Finish these sentences:
  • One of the most beautiful sound is . . .  When I hear it I think . . .
  • The most peaceful place I know is . . . because
  • The best thing about my family is . . .

With your family read Mark 5.21-43
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What do you find surprising about this story?
  • How would you describe Jairus and the woman’s faith in Jesus?
  • What do we learn about Jesus from this story?

Prayer and Celebration
Praying in the car
Driving children to schools can be stressful but it could also be an opportunity to stop and pray and bring a moment of peace before a hectic day. Encourage your  children to name some of the things they will do or confront in the day and pray for them.

Throughout any year there are many days that are dedicated to different charities or issues in society. There are websites like the following  that list these days  that are occurring in your state, region or country. This can be used as a tool to broaden the horizon of your children about the many needs in the world and the ways people seek to address them.
  •  Look up what is happening in any particular week.
  • Explore the organisation that is sponsoring it or the issue behind it.
  • Pray as a family for the needs highlighted by the day or week, being celebrated and for the organisations working in the area.
  • Consider attending events or running your own to support a particular need.
  • Think about ways you might contribute or donate to make a difference.

Family Time
Bonus Family Activity
Family Walk
Going for a walk with your family is not only a great way to get exercise but provides an ideal opportunity to talk and enjoy one another’s company.

(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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