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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 5th April



Palm Sunday Activity

Read the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in Mark 11:1–10, in a children’s bible if possible.

 

Then either:

  • 1. Create a drama together to re-enact the story, find props and costumes round your house to bring the story to life in your living room!
  • 2. Create your own monologue. You could begin like this: "We were on our way to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. We were chatting as we walked. As we approached Bethphage Jesus turned to me and my friend and asked us to go into the village..."
  • 3. Create a Praise banner. Make a banner with words to praise Jesus.
    - Use Coloured card, scrap paper, envelopes or an old pillowcase, items to decorate: sequins, buttons, tissue paper, coloured pictures from magazines, felt tip pens, or paints, scissors, ribbon, sticky tape, a template of a banner from the internet, or really anything you have in the house!
    - You could write the words from Mark 11 Verses 9-10:
    “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
    - What other things might people say when praising Jesus? Add that to your banner.
  • 4. Colour your own Palm Sunday picture! 

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

6th April

EASTER

 

Create an Easter Garden

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

Palm Sunday Colouring

Click below to download our Palm Sunday colouring sheet.

Download
Palm Sunday Colouring Sheet
PALM-SUNDAY-COLOURING.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB

A family tradition

One of the good things coming out of the restrictions is that we can share more meals together as families. Saying thank You or a “Grace” prayer before you eat can be a great way of bringing God into our everyday. 

 

Some families arrange it so that a different family member leads the short prayer each day and here are some prayers that children (and adults) can use:

 

God is great!

God is good!

Let us thank Him

For our food.

Amen.

 

Dear Lord, bless this bunch

As we munch on our lunch.

Amen.

 

Our Heavenly Father, kind and good,

We thank You for our daily food.

We thank You for Your love and care.

Be with us Lord, and hear our prayer.

Amen.

 

Lord, thank You for the food before us, 

the family and friends beside us 

and the love between us. Amen.

 

God, we thank you for this food.

For rest and home and all things good.

For wind and rain and sun above.

But most of all

for those we love.

Amen.

 



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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