Sunday, July 5, 2015

Faithful Families Resources July 5 2015

A tree is known by its fruit

~ Proverb

Family Closeness

Egg Cracking Contest
Each family member holds an egg in their hand, small end up and challenge someone to crack their egg. The challenged player taps the egg of the challenger with their own egg. If the challenged cracks the egg of the challenger they win the challengers cracked egg. If their own is cracked they turn in over to the challenger. This continues until only one uncracked egg remains and the player is declared, “the great uncracked”. Needless to say, hard boiled eggs are used for this game.
(Taken from Games for all ages and how to use them – Wackerbarth and Graham)

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
Finish these sentences:
  • If I could become a colour, I would be … because
  • I can help the environment by  . . .
  • The best thing about a true friend is . . .

With your family read Mark 6.17-29
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • Why did Herod have John the Baptist arrested?
  • Why did Herod refuse to kill John? What changed his mind?
  • What are your thoughts about this story?

Prayer and Celebration
 m & m prayers…

After dinner pass around a bowl of m & m’s. Everyone must take a handful but no one can eat any yet. For each different colour they get they need to pray for a different person or thing.

For every green M & M  tell God something that you are thankful for.
For every red M & M pray for a member of your family by name
For every orange M & M  pray for a teacher in your life
For every yellow M & M  pray for one of your classmates or friends.
For every dark brown M & M pray for a leader in your life.
For every light brown M & M you chose, pray for Christians in other countries.

Winter can be a very difficult time for people living on the streets. Find a charity in your area that takes donations of blankets or winter clothes. Donate items you no longer need or use, or go to the shop and buy some warm blankets to donate. Before donating ring the charity to ask what they could use.

Bonus Family Activity
Go to the theatre

Take your family to see a local play. Discover what performances are happening in your local theatre or even what school productions are happening. This doesn’t have to be an expensive outing.

(This material is based on and draws from earlier Faithful Families emails by Stephen Harrison and 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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