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Family & Faith at Home

Family & Faith at Home

Hi everyone!

 

This is a weird time for families; we can't go out very often and lots of children are at home 24/7; parents are trying to work with kids running around and on top of that - Kids' Church is closed!

 

It can feel like a nightmare scenario, but it could be a real opportunity to allow God to build our faith as a family.

 

How?

 

We'd like to share some ideas to help you encourage your children's spiritual life.


Some of the ideas are for parents who are desperately short of things for their children to do; other activities are especially for parents who are working and have little time to prepare stuff.

 

We’d also like to share some simple ways to 'create traditions' in the family’s rhythm of life. Family traditions build strong bonds between everyone in the family and also with God.

 

Each week we will offer one or two activities for the children and a 'family tradition'. You won’t be able to use them all, but we hope some of these will help your family feel part of something unique and special.


So, now for this week's ideas... Sunday 17th May - Saturday 23rd May


Breakfast on the beach

Read about the Miraculous catch of fish in John 21:1-14 together or listen to Dan in the All Age reflection.

 

• What does this story tell us about what Jesus was like?

• Why do you think Peter was so excited to see Jesus that he jumped straight into the water to swim to him?

• While you’re thinking about this, try one of these activities:

 

Make fish finger sandwiches in bread rolls (or bbq some fish if you’re feeling brave!) for breakfast – have a picnic breakfast like Jesus and his disciples.

 

Bake Fish (shaped) biscuits together.

 

Here is a recipe for you:

 

 

Ingredients

125g/4oz butter

55g/2oz caster sugar

180g/6oz plain flour

 

Preparation method

  1. Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
  3. Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste. Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick.
  4. Cut into fish shapes and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with icing sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

 

Jesus cared about his disciples, helped them catch fish when they had had a disappointing night, prepared a good fish breakfast and spent time with them. Can you think of how you could care for others this week? 

 

Remember, Jesus also cares about you. Isn’t that wonderful? You can ask Him for what you need today.

 

A Family Tradition

“Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honourable and right and pure 

and beautiful and respected.” – Philippians 4 v 8

 

Most families love a film night, especially where popcorn ids on offer! But there’s always the question of what film shall we watch?

 

Here is a way we can help our children become discerning about what they watch and help them think about the message films contain.

 

Plan a family film night, say once a month. Include a special treat, like popcorn.

 

Choose a film with a strong Christian message; it may not be a Christian film, but its message has a strong resonance with Biblical teaching.

 

e.g. ‘Babe’ or ‘Narnia’ for younger children; ‘The Absent-minded professor’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ for older children.

 

There are Christian parenting websites that score modern films for good moral content.

Help in Coronavirus time

An informative book illustrated by Gruffalo co-creator and reviewed by a London school of hygiene and tropical medicine expert, free to read on screen or print. Answers questions about the virus in simple language.

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/



We hope this week's ideas have inspired you; please let us know how you get on.

 

With love in the Lord Jesus,

 

Michelle Watkiss (Kids' Church) & Nick Swanson (Pastor)


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