Sunday, July 29, 2012

Faithful Families Resources July 29 2012

Weekly Inspiration
A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian... and most of all, his family ought to know.
~Dwight L. Moody

Family Closeness
First and Last
Pick a category of things. It might be places, or vegetable or movies. Whatever you can come up with. Someone starts by saying something in that category, for example in the vegetable category you might say carrot. The next person has to say something starting with the last letter of the previous word. In this case t – so they might say turnip. Keep going until someone can’t think of anything to say.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Finish these sentences:
  • What is something that you are looking forward to?
  • What are you thankful for right now?
  • What is your earliest memory?

With your family read John 6.24-35
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What reason did Jesus give for why the people followed him? What do you think he meant?
  • What did Jesus say was the work of God?
  • What did Jesus say was the bread of heaven?
  • How do you think you eat this bread?

Prayer and Celebration
Prayer Chains
Cut up strips of paper approximately 4cm wide by 8cm long. Give one to everyone to write a prayer on for the day. Take one of the prayer papers and staple the two ends together so it forms a chain link. Do the same with the other prayers so they form a chain of paper prayers. See here for more detail. Each day you can add more links to your chain until it stretches across your whole house and reminds you that each little bit of pray each day adds up.
Service Project for Families with Teenagers
  • Coach a sports team for young children
  • Speak out about social issues in your community
  • Use more indepth skills to create items for people in need
Family Time
Bonus Family Activity
Paper Mache
Gather up your old newspaper, and a tray of water. Make a frame of chicken wire or some other type of framework and see what you can create. Add some paint to your creation when it dries.

(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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