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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.




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 29th March - Saturday 4th April

Salt dough prayer

At kids’ church we love play dough! Here is a salt dough idea for this week. If you prefer, you could use plasticine or play dough, or even draw or paint the figures.


This is a salt recipe you can use:




Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture congeals.


2 tbs cooking oil.

4 tbs Cream of Tartar.

2 cups plain flour.

1 cup salt.

Food colouring (optional)

2 cups water.




Sculpt yourself out of dough; it could be a symbol, or it could look like you. 


From the same amount of dough, make a figure or symbol of Jesus.

Remember that Jesus knows what it’s like to be you. 


Change your figure to show how you’re feeling right now, change the figure of Jesus to show how he cares.


Make figures of all the people you want to pray for today and imagine how Jesus might respond to them. You can pray for them right now.


“So the Word (Jesus) became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness” John 1:14


Idea from

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

30th March



Create an Easter Garden

Instructions can be found in the image below (click to enlarge) ...

A family tradition

During this time when families and friends can’t visit each other, why not create a book or sheet of photos of the family and close friends to guide your prayers each evening at bedtime?


Here are some prayers you can use:


Father God, thank You for my grandparents. I love spending time with them. They always make me feel special and are excited to see me. Please bless them, protect them from harm and keep them happy and safe until I see them again. When I miss them, help me to remember all of the fun times 

we have when we are together. Thank You, Father God, for my grandparents. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Lord, Thank You for my friend. You bless us with family and friends all around us. Thank You for giving us people to talk to and laugh with. I pray for my friend tonight, that they will have a good day tomorrow. They are very special, and they are there when I need them the most - Just like Jesus is to me. Help me to be a good friend to them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Dear Lord God, You tell us that all the people in our lives are placed there by You. Thank You for my brother/sister. He/she is a very special person in my life, even though sometimes we get annoyed with each other. Our friendship is very special, and life wouldn’t be as fun without them. Please bless him/her and help me to love him/her. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Perhaps you could also encourage your children to write a prayer for someone in your family and read it at bedtime?

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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