Monday, August 3, 2015

Faithful Families Resources August 2 2015

For me, nothing has ever taken precedence over being a mother and having a family and a home.
Jessica Lange

Family Closeness
Tapping hands
Each person crosses their arms over those of the person next to them and places their hands on the table. One person starts by tapping once and others follow in order of hands in one direction. When someone else taps twice, the direction reverses. If you tap out of turn, the game starts over. How many times can you go around the table?

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family. 
  • How many people from different countries do you know? When might it be difficult to be friendly to someone who is different from you?
  • What is the best thing that happened to you this week? What was the worst?
  • What unexpected thing happened to you this week?
  • What is something new you learnt today or this week?

With your family read John 6.35,41-51
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • Why do you think people were upset that Jesus said he was the bread of life?
  • What does Jesus say will happen in we eat the living bread?
  • What does Jesus say is the bread that he gives? What do you think this means?

 Prayer and Celebration
Actions for a variation of The Lords Prayer
Our Father in heaven, [finger pointing up]
You are a holy God. [open palm pointed high, head dipped reverently]
Come and rule our hearts.[open palm brought down to rest over heart]
Do what’s best on earth [finger pointing down]
as in heaven.[rotate arm to point finger upwards]
Please keep us alive with food.[hand as bowl, 
other doing a scooping action to mouth]
keep us forgiven with you[closed hand warmly rotating over heart]
and forgiving with others.[same hand, finger pointing to all around in sweeping action]
Keep us holding your hand[one hand into the other hand]
and safe from all wickedness.
[two hands up, elbows straight and a firm shielding action]
You’re in charge![strong action, two hands pointing up]
You can do anything you want!  [both palms open out, raised]
You are God, for ever and ever. 
[hands get further apart like measuring something bigger and bigger]
Amen. [closed fist brought down on an open palm].

Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
One mission organisation in Australia that does fantastic work is ABM-A. Their vision is: ABM wants to see people everywhere experience the wholeness of life God offers in Jesus Christ, and to this end support our Partners as they participate in God's mission.
Their website is worth checking out and in particular under their resources menu is a section called “watch” that has videos of some of the work they do. Some of these videos would be appropriate to show family members around the table.

Family Time
No electricity night.
This is a great idea to help your family think about their dependence on electricity and also how they might be able to reduce their energy consumption to help the environment. It also might help you all to think about how many people live throughout the world.Have a night at home where you cannot use anything that requires electricity. This includes cooking the meal and lights and everything else.

(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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