Sunday, March 17, 2013

Faithful Families Resources March 17 2013

Weekly Inspiration
To bring up a child in the way she should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
 ~Josh Billings

Family Closeness
How’s Yours
One family member leaves the room and those left agree on an item for example: toothbrush. The guesser returns and asks each person "how's yours?". Each family member says a word or short phrase to answer the question. I say "Bristly" says one, "soggy" says another and "chewed." Says a third.  The guesser shouts the answer as soon as she thinks of it and if she guesses on your word than you become the next guesser.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • Who do you think I'd rather you be: a famous sportsperson, a mayor, a famous explorer, or a movie star? Why?
  • What would the ideal teacher be like?

With your family read:  Luke 18.28-40
 Questions for Discussion:
  • What did Jesus ride into Jerusalem?
  • How did the people respond to Jesus? What did they shout?
  • What did people throw on the road in front of Jesus?
  • What kind of people get welcomed likes this today? 

Prayer and Celebration
We are now in the Season of Lent, the forty days preceding Easter Day. This is traditionally a time of repentance (saying sorry and turning from sin). The resources for prayer and celebration for the next six weeks will focus on ways your family might “celebrate” well this season. Lent is a good time to focus on God’s care and provision and on our dependence on him, but also on saying sorry.

Praise and Adore Jesus
This week focus on prayers of praise and adoration. Think about the adoration Jesus was given as he entered Jerusalem.  Sing a song of praise together at the dinner table. Find something to wave in the air while you are singing. It could be a palm branch or something you find close at hand like a tea towel or tea shirt. Remember that the people that waved palm branches at Jesus found whatever was at hand. Name all the things that are great about Jesus and why you think he is special.

Family Activity
Palm Crosses
Many churches celebrate the coming Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) as Palm Sunday. On this day we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey and people placing branches on the ground before him. This week why not make your own palm crosses at home as a way of helping your children remember the story.

Below is a Youtube video that will show you how to do it. There are many other websites online that will show you how to make them.

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Matthew 21.9

(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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