Sunday, August 7, 2016

Faithful Families Resources August 7 2016

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Family Closeness
The Listening Game

Grab some different items from around the house. Show your family members the items, you might even let them touch them. Tell your family to close their eyes. Pick up an item and make a sound with it. Your family have to guess which item made the sound. For example tapping a glass, running your fingers along a comb or shaking a sauce bottle.

Questions for stimulating discussion around the table.
  •  What is your favourite place to spend alone time?
  • What do you like about it?
  • If you could spend the day with one person, who would it be? What would you do?
With your family read:  Luke 12.51-53
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at

Questions for Discussion
  • What do you disagree with your friends about?
  • Do you think there would be anything that would stop you being friends?
  • Why do you think following Jesus might cause some people to be against you?

Prayer and Celebration
Bubble Wrap Prayers

We often have many cares and worries we wish to pray for. Sometimes it is good to have a small action of release as we pray to show we hand these things over to God. A great way to do this is to pop a bubble wrap bubble as you say the prayer.

Some ideas for showing you care in your community:
  • Drop off a small donation at a local food bank.
  • Send thank-you notes to local police officers.
  • Make a small gift of appreciation for your child's teacher.
(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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