Sunday, October 25, 2015

Faithful Families Resources October 25 2015

The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.
~ Henry Drummond

Family Closeness
Table Olympics – Part 2
Bean Racing
Give each family member a straw, a cup and ten dried chick peas. The aim of the game is be the fastest to transport you chick peas around the table and into your cup. This is done by picking up the chick pea on the end of the straw using suction, carrying it around the table still attached to the straw and not using hands to hold the chick pea and dropping it into the cup in front of your place. Each person does this with their ten chickpeas while another family member times them. Whoever is the fastest gets the gold. If a chickpea is dropped mid journey it must be sucked onto the straw before continueing.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.
 This week ask your family members:
  • What movie or book character would you like to be like?
  • When they answer ask them – what is it about that person that they want to be like?
  • Don’t let your family get away with an easy or silly answer, dig deep to find the truth.

With your family read Mark 12.28-34
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What do you think it looks like to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength?
  • What kinds of things might someone doing this do?
  • Why do you think Jesus said this is the most important commandment?
  • How do you love your neighbour as yourself?

 Prayer and Celebration
 'Fishing for Prayer' Net
This is something your family can use to pray for one other or for people you know. Get or make a fishing net and stick one end on the wall. Make and cut out little paper fish for your family to write things down they want prayer for. Stick them onto the net so other family members can read them and pray. One way to use this would be to take a fish away when you are going to pray for the thing on it. Alternatively the fish could be left up for a week and then cleared on a particular day when your family prays for all those things.

Family Time
15 Minute Fun Busrt
Make a commitment to spend at least 15 minutes a day doing an activity your children choose. Too often the busyness of life means we end up not doing anything special with our children.  Make the commitment to your children and put them in charge of deciding what to do. Make it a priority in your day.

(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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