Faith at Home for Children, Young People and their Families


From Sunday 12th July, gathered worship resumes at St John's, including a 9:30am All Age Service of the Word.

 

For those who are not able (or choose not) to attend Sunday worship, we will still provide links for exploring faith at home. 


Faith and Giulia are very kindly showing us the actions for a gathering prayer for you and your family to share before starting the weeks activities.

 

God Loves Me

From the top of my head

(Touch head)

to the tips of my toes;

(Touch toes)

from the lobes of my ears

(Touch ear lobes)

to the end of my nose;

(Touch nose)

from my back, to my front

(Turn round)

to my wiggly fingers,

(stretch out arms and wiggle fingers)

God loves me!

(jump up and down)

 


Sunday 27th September

This Sunday we carry on from our all age service this morning and think about Matthew 21:23-32. You can read it here.

This passage focuses on first the authority of Jesus and how we should do as he teaches us. 

Do you know what the word authority means? Have a look in the dictionary to find out.

Can you think of times when you have to listen  and do what you are told?

  • The teachers at school?
  • What group leaders tell you?
  • Definitely what Mum and Dad tell you!

    All of these people teach you and lead you through love and caring just like Jesus.

Activity

Play a game of 'Simon says'. One person in your family is 'Simon', the person in charge (with authority). Simon gives instructions and the others have to do what they are told but.....only if Simon says "Simon says" first. Have fun!

 

In this passage Jesus also tells the parable of the two sons. This part of the passage tells us to do what we say we will do. Watch the story here.

 

Sometimes we say to God "Yes I'll do that" but our actions are different and actually say "No". Have a chat with your family about how important it is to do what you say you will. Have you ever said you would tidy your room but didn't? What about doing the dishes, have you said you would do that but didn't? What about promising God you will be patient or caring or charitable? have you been faithful to that?

 

Craft

“Bee Genuine” Stick Craft                  

 

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Markers or crayons 
  • Popsicle sticks
  1. Cut the paper into oval “bee” shapes. Cut out some “wings” as well.
  2. Decorate the ovals with stripes and faces to resemble bees. Add antennae if desired.
  3. Add a verse, caption, or label on the bees and/or popsicle sticks.
  4. Glue the bees onto the popsicle sticks and wave for a fun reminder to “Bee” real!

 


Sunday 20th September

This Sunday we see how Paul explains his personal struggles to the Philippians.

He says that their struggles are like his.

He wants to appear encouraging and commends them for their approach to life in the faith.

You can read it here Philippians 1:21-30

 

Do you think its always easy to know the best path? 

If we've taken the harder path how do we stick to it when it gets tough?

 

Before you start the activities have a look at this, Paul's activity sheet

  • Give your child or each child a piece of paper with a question mark on it and another with a tick. As you read the Bible verses, ask them to hold up (and keep held up) either the question mark or the tick, to show whether Paul was trying to decide what to do or had already decided.

Feeling energetic?.....

  • Copy the following symbols (question mark, heart, cross, person shape, smiley face) onto pieces of paper and stick them in different areas of the room. As you read the passage, ask your child/children to choose which symbol to move to: 
  1. I don’t know what to choose (question mark).
  2. I could keep on living and doing something useful (heart).
  3. It is a hard choice to make (question mark).
  4. I want to die and be with Christ, because that would be much better (cross).
  5. But I know that all of you still need me (person shape).
  6. That’s why I am sure I will stay on to help you grow and be happy in your faith (smiley face).
  • Set up an obstacle course for your child/children to move through. Discuss which bits they think will be tricky. Encourage them to keep going to the end. 

"This week each time you have to make a decision, ask God to help you make the right choice."

 

There is a printable activity sheet also available here and here. 

 
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.

Reproduced with permission.


Sunday 13th September

In this week's reading Peter asks Jesus about the extent of forgiveness. Jesus answers with a funny – and chilling – parable about a man, who is forgiven very much but who forgives very little, and is punished by his master for this attitude.
You can read it here Matthew 18. 21-35
 
How easy do you think it is to forgive someone? Have you ever been forgiven for doing or saying something you shouldn't? 
 

Pulling faces

As a family act out the reading. Someone imagines they are the king, another person imagines they are the first slave, and another person imagines they are the second slave. If you have more people in your family you could play parts in groups. As the story is read, pause at various points and ask each person/group to pull faces to show how they think their character would be feeling at that point in the story.

A game to play - Pass the parcel        

Play this well-known game and as you do think about passing on God’s gift of forgiveness.

You will need: wrapped parcel with small gifts or sweets in each layer, music and equipment to play it.

  • Play a game of ‘pass the parcel’.
  • After the children have had a turn to open the parcel, stop and ask: what happens if someone doesn’t pass the parcel on? Discuss how God’s forgiveness is like a gift to us, and because we are forgiven by God, we should also forgive others – it is a gift we can pass on.
  • Continue the game, asking the children to pass the parcel really quickly, especially if they have already had a turn to open it.
A song to sing
I’m sorry (to the tune of Away in a manger)

I’m sorry, Lord Jesus, for every bad thing,
I say and I do, and the hurt that I bring.
Forgive me, Lord Jesus, I’m trying to show,
Your kindness and patience wherever I go.

So thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving me peace,
For love and for joy that will only increase.
I’m forgiven by Jesus, and ready to be,
So friendly and helpful, a gentler me.

 

"If someone annoys or upsets you this week, remember ......

Stop, Count to seven and Forgive them."


There is a printable activity sheet also available here.

 
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.

Reproduced with permission.

 

Sunday 6th September

This Sunday we are looking at the gospel of Matthew. In this reading Jesus teaches us how to deal with someone who upsets us.

You can read it here Matthew 18.15-20

 

Has a friend ever said or done something that has upset you? How did you feel?

What did you do to make up? Maybe discuss with your family everyones ideas for how to sort out your differences with a friend.

 

  • Ask someone to read the reading again Whenever the phrase ‘don’t listen’ or ‘won’t listen’ occurs in the story, cover your ears and make a ‘la la la la la’ noise. Read the story a second time and invent your own sounds and actions for the rest of the story. Is this a good way to make up, will it work?

  • The reading also talks about a church working together and being a community. Lets make a community tree. Go outside and find small branches or twigs to make a tree. You will also need string, sticky tape, scissors and pens. Cut out some paper leaves and write on each leaf one quality that helps to build a healthy community. Use the string and tape to hang the leaves on the tree.
    What things can we do to help everyone get along with one another? 

    Beauty from brokenness - A family activity

  • Give each person a different piece of coloured paper, or a drawn picture. Think about times when you have been wronged or upset by other people and tear off a piece of paper for each time.
  • When you have done gather up all the torn pieces of paper. 
  • Using all the pieces create a mosaic of something beautiful e.g a flower, a heart or a butterfly.
    Isn't it wonderful how something beautiful can come from something that has hurt or upset us. have you ever experienced anything like that?

There is a printable activity sheet also available here.

 

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd (www.rootsontheweb.com) 2002-2020.
Reproduced with permission.

 

Sunday 16th August

At St John's this week, we're exploring the gospel reading. 

 

It tells the story about a women how has amazing first, but it's also quite a difficult reading, because in it, Jesus doesn't speak the way we'd expect him to!

 

You can read the reading here, Matthew 15.21-28.

 

Have you ever been with someone when they said something quiet unexpected?

 

Have you ever had a meal, with a dog sitting under the table. They watch ever morsel and are quick to clean up even the smallest crumbs that we drop. What might we learn from this?

 

Jesus listens to the voice of the woman, even though at first he seems to dismiss her. Whose voices should we be listening to today?

 

This week:

  • Can you make a meal from leftovers/ scraps?
  • Could you draw or paint something that the gospel story makes you think of?
  • Can you take a newspaper or magazine and look for stories and opinions from people who usually get ignored.

There are lots of resources available from Roots about the reading too, which you can find here and here.

 


Sunday 9th August

 

This Sunday there are two great readings to explore with the family.

 

The first is from Genesis 37, and it is the beginning of the Joseph Story. Since the lectionary then jumps right to the end for next week, we suggest you find the whole Joseph story and read it from a good quality children's bible. 

 

There are also lots of video retellings of the Joseph story, such as this one.

 

As a family you might also enjoy listen to some of the songs from Andrew Lloyd Weber's hit musical based on the story. There are some available here:

 

The other reading for this Sunday is the story of how Jesus walked on water (and how Peter tried to too!)

 

You can read it here

 

Is anything impossible? The bible tells many stories of Jesus doing things that should be impossible – including walking on water. These miracles tell us a lot about who Jesus is. If you met someone who could do the impossible, who would you think they were?

 

At home you might to play with water this week - maybe investigating things that float and things that sink! You could even play with cornflour gloop - if you do, you might even discover a way you can walk on it!

 

Roots children's sheet, can be downloaded here

 

(Images used is by Sue Bentley from FreeBibleimages.org)


Sunday 2nd August

The Gospel reading this week tells us of Jesus feeding the 5000. You can read the passage Matthew 14: 13-21 here.

 

Jesus managed to feed all of those people with just two items.

Can you make anything with just two ingredients?

Here is an idea to get you started.

 

How do you think the hungry people felt when they were offered food?

 

What do you think the disciples thought when they collected up so many leftovers?

 

Maybe you could make dinner for your family or share your favourite snack with someone.

 

Have a go at investigating world hunger and those trying to ease it. Google searching will show you projects that are tackling hunger among children.

 

Here are some examples:

Feeding Britain

End Hunger UK 

TLG 

The Roots resources for families can be found here and they also produce a children's sheet, which can be downloaded here.

 

 


Sunday 26th July

The Gospel reading this week contains 5 (or maybe even 6) different parables, each of which tells us something about what the kingdom of heaven is like. 

 

You can read the passage,

Matthew 13.31-33, 44-52 here

 

Which of the parables do you like best?

 

How would complete the sentence, 'the kingdom of heaven is like....'

 

 

This week, you could do an activity each day connected with the different parables:

 

Mustard seed

In the parable of the Mustard Seed, many birds come and nest in its branches. Go outside in the garden or local park, and pick the biggest plant you can find. How many different living things (birds, insects, animals etc) can you find that make a home on (or in) it. 

 

Yeast

Make some bread using yeast. Watch how much the dough rises!

 

Treasure in a field

Draw a special treasure map and have a treasure hunt (either at home, or round your local neighbourhood)

 

Pearl of great value

If you have some beads at home, you could make a necklace.

If not, why not find out about how pearls are made.

 

A net thrown into the sea

Make your own fishing game using cardboard, magnets and paperclips (example of how to do this is here).

 

The Roots resources for families can be found here and they also produce a children's sheet, which can be downloaded here.



Talking about Corona Virus with the family

A really helpful 1 hour podcast from Parenting for Faith about talking to the kids about Coronavirus.

 


More general ideas for faith at home

This area will grow over the next few months. Do message Chris with any ideas to add!

 

Flame Kids Blog (mostly prayer and story-telling ideas)

 

Creative Prayer Ideas

 

Bible story podcasts from Blackburn Diocese.

 

Faith at Home ideas from Going for Growth.