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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 3rd May - Saturday 9th May




Spending time with God

•  We are all missing seeing other people outside our home at the minute – missing sitting with them, playing with them, giving our friends a hug. We’re calling it Social Distancing, to keep us safe from the virus.   

 

•  But during all this time, remember that there is no Social Distancing with God! Psalm 139 tells us that God hems us in, he’s in front and behind us, and he has his hand upon us. Romans 8 says that nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

•  So, God wants us to know how much he loves us and is near us in everything we’re doing and going through. Remember to talk to Him, as you are in His company. We can pray for things we are worried about, and people we are concerned for, but prayer is so much more than that! When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he began “Our Father…”. He is our Father (Dad!) in heaven, so enjoy being in his company.

Help in Coronavirus time

A link for you to read and pass on to your young people for them to access themselves: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Here are a couple of prayer ideas to try

•  The Lord’s prayer with actions (see this week's All Age Reflection above). The Lord’s prayer is in Matthew 6, verses 9-13

•  I can pray all over my house: a new active way of praying for others at the moment (click below to enlarge image)

Jonah & the whale 7-day Bible Lego Challenge

Week commencing 3rd May – Get creative with lego or other modelling materials to recreate the Jonah and the whale story. You can send us pictures if you wish!

(Challenge set by the Sidebottom family!)

A family tradition

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5 v 20

Gratitude jar

 

Ask children what they are thankful for and they tend to be much more imaginative than adults; they are still experiencing a lot of things for the first time.

 

One way to capture those reasons to be thankful is to set aside a large jar and place it somewhere in the house where it is safe but accessible.

 

By the side of the vase you could keep coloured paper and pencils and encourage the children to write at least one thing they are thankful for every few weeks, fold the paper without telling anyone what was written, and place it in the jar. 

 

Then you can read the paper slips over Sunday lunch to remind the family of all the good things that have happened over the past few weeks.

 

One of the family could then say a short prayer of thanks to God Who gives us all good things - Another simple idea that can be a tool to draw your family closer to Him.



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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