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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 19th - Saturday 25th April




Activities for Children

Watch this Seriously Surprising story video. It’s about 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus, which Phil preached on last week.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/easter/ 

 

Ivo Dulčić was a Croatian painter. Have a look at the way he showed the scene in Emmaus as they shared supper together, called “Meal at Emmaus”. What do you notice in the picture?

https://messychurchusa.org/we-remember-and-give-thanks-a-messy-great-thanksgiving/ 

Imagine you were one of the disciples when you realised who it really was that you’d been with all day!

 

Why not do your own drawing or painting to show how you would feel.

Weekly window art

Let's spread some joy to children who may still go out for a walk. Leave a picture in your window and start a mass eye spy!

  

Week commencing

20th April

FLOWERS 


Parents!

Coronavirus & mental health:

Take a look at his link, recommended by Sarah Fegredo from EMBA, as it may be useful to you in supporting your children and young people, as well as each other, through this Coronavirus time. 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/

A family tradition

 

Most children love having a story read to them and reading a Bible story together as a family is a wonderful way to nurture faith.

 

This may be a completely new experience for your family or you may have been doing this for some time. Whatever, we hope the following tips will help:

  • Find some Bible story books that are appropriate for your children. Eden.co.uk have a brilliant range. Pictures are a must!
  • Try to fix the same time for reading a Bible story each day. It might be at bedtime or at snack time or whenever. It’s best if it’s a time that will usually be the same each day, even after lockdown is over!

Talk to your Christian friends about this and learn from each other’s experiences. If you have older children, why not set up a video link so that they share a story with their friends? 



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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