Sunday, August 23, 2015

Faithful Families Resources August 23 2015

Good parents love their kids. Great parents build their families.

Family Closeness
Everyone puts their hands on their eyes making fake glasses with thumb and forefinger. Someone starts by moving their right hand out and saying “buck” (like a chicken), the person to their right then does the same, this continues around the circle until somebody moves both hands away from their face at the same time and says “BUCKERK” (like a crazy chicken). The person to their left then moves their left hand away from their face while saying “buck” and the pattern continues. One hand in the direction and “buck” to continue along, and two hands and “BUCKERK” to change the direction.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
  • What is the worst tasting food you have ever eaten?
  • What food would you never eat? Why?
  • What food do you think it is wrong to eat?

With your family read Mark 7.1-8, 14- 23
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What were the disciples doing that upset the Pharisees?
  • What did Jesus say about the Pharisees?
  • What did Jesus says makes a person unclean? What they eat or what they do?

Prayer and Celebration
Give each family member a piece of paper and some pens or pencils for drawing. Either in silence or with some quiet music on, invite your family to draw on the paper, the people and things they want to pray for. This could include drawing the outcome that you might desire for particular situations. As your family draws encourage them to do so in silence so they may listen to what God has to say to them. At the end of the allocated time encourage everyone to share what they have drawn and what they are praying for.

Family volunteering allows parents, children and other family members to spend time together while contributing to the community and causes they care about. It’s a great way for families to enjoy quality time with each other and introduce family members to the benefits of volunteering. Family volunteering can be a practical way to express values to children and young people.

Volunteering provides parents and other family members the opportunity to be a positive role model by demonstrating how to be involved with the community, and how to make a difference and enjoy it. People who volunteer when they are young are more likely to continue to volunteer throughout their adult life.

Volunteering in your family group can also improve communication among family members, strengthen family bonds and be a lot of fun.
(excerpt from Family Volunteering: Information for Families)

Family Time
Picnic at Home

If you have a back or frontyard pick a nice spot and have a picnic at home. If it is raining move the picnic inside. Make sure you do it just like a normal picnic with a blanket spread on the grass and food in a basket. Play some outdoor games together.

(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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