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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 26th April - Saturday 2nd May




Wild Collage

  • If you’re allowed out for a walk this week, take a bag, and pick up interesting natural items (leaves, sticks, seeds etc). Then  when you’re back home, put out a sheet or a large piece of paper and work together to create a heart-shaped collage. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you have finished!

 

  • (If you’re not allowed to go out, you can do the same thing with bits and bobs around your home and garden, like buttons, bottle tops, bits of packaging,  etc) 

 

  • Look at the collage together and how different all the objects are. What words would you use to describe them?

 

  • Just like all the different things in your collage make a beautiful picture, in the same way all the people on earth make God’s beautiful picture of humanity complete. And you make that picture beautiful!

 

  • Looking at the collage, thank God for all the different sorts of people he has made, and then pray for all the people you are missing at the moment. Thank God that we are loved by Him and that we are called God’s children. How amazing is that! 

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

26th April

Put something in your window to make people smile when they see it! 


Parents!

Parents and everyone wanting to encourage our young people in their faith in Jesus: Take a look at this Spring Harvest 2020 link, on discipling and reaching generations Y and Z (that’s anyone born between 1980 and 2015, which is a lot of our church!)

A family tradition

Generosity

“Do not forget to do good to others. And share with them what you have. These are the sacrifices that please God” – Hebrews 13 v 16

 

David Green, the CEO of Holly Lobby wrote: “Modelling joyful generosity is a great starting place in teaching children to be givers; involving them in giving is the next step”.

 

How is your family cultivating generosity with others? How are your children learning to give, serve and love others for Jesus? 

 

Here are some ideas we hope will help:

 

Give Thanks Often - whenever you pray with your children, regularly give thanks to God for His generosity to you and your family.

 

Model Generosity - let your children see you drop money into charity boxes or ask them to help you select things in the supermarket for the foodbank. This gives you an opportunity to chat with your children about why it’s important to give to others.

 

Set Aside Offerings Together - involve your children in setting aside a sum of money to place in the offering as an act of worship. Maybe you could do this at the same time each week e.g. Saturday teatime for Sunday morning. 

 

At first it’s purely for them to see your family tradition; later they can offer their proportion of their pocket money or earnings. Each time stress that this is an act of love for God and that all we have has come from Him.

 

Special Giving Box - why not have a special box at home for special gifts; at Christmas and Easter, the children could count what has been put in the box and let the children choose where to give the money (it could be a cause that fits with their age and interests).

 

Positive Feedback - Help your children think about the positive impact their giving has had on those who have benefitted.

 

 



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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