Family Worship in the Home

Finding God as a Family

Here we have found some resources to help you as parents be with your child in their faith journey during this challenging time.

Sunday Morning : We are aware that, during this period whilst gathering together for worship is suspended, Sundays at home could drift into ‘screen time’, chores and watching Netflix so we are aiming to resource families to continue to worship and pray together. Why not agree a time with other families you know so you know you are all doing ‘Church’ together? Please find this week’s Worship here

Here are some top tips to get started:

  • Find a time in the day that works for you.
  • Don't expect it to be silent - it will be messy!  Go with the flow.
  • Encourage everyone to contribute, both adults and children
  • Be flexible on timing and ready to adapt or shorten the session if your children get restless - there’s no point in making this a battle!
  • Use the events of the past few days to explore where you've each met God or seen him at work.
  • Involve your children and young people with what the church is doing during this CV-19 crises.

How about getting the week off to a good start? Fischy Music are having an assembly each Monday morning at 11am. Find it by subscribing to Fischy Music on You Tube.

Holy Week – Daily Activities

Little Church – this is a lovely aimed very much at smaller children 

Great Little Worship Company – free online resources on you tube

Nick & Becky Drake (kids worship leaders) are using Facebook to give families something to do together with action songs, all age bible teaching, and lots of fun so at 4pm @ Worship For Everyone Wednesday and Saturday.

Ministry-to-children.com came up with this list of busting boredom with Bible stories

Act out a Bible story: maybe try one a week…

  1. Noah’s Ark: count how many stuffed animals can fit in one space (on a bed, a table, in a box or bathtub, etc.). Create a mini-zoo with the animals, and help them “walk” into the designated “ark” space. Feel free to re-enact the storm and flood, too!
  2. Tower of Babel Jenga: play a round of Jenga, or take some basic blocks and see how high you can stack them before they fall over. Find some words in another language, and practice them as you stack the tower.
  3. Wilderness wandering: re-create the Israelite wandering in the wilderness. Make a fort in the living room, or pop up a tent in the backyard. Remember the desert experience of the people of God. You can even recall the provision of manna by enjoying a rice cake snack. Consider how it might be to eat the same thing every meal, every day.
  4. Jump around Jericho: pile up as many boxes as you can find to make a “Jericho” wall. Walk around the wall, make some noise, and topple the boxes down!
  5. Make David’s slingshot: experiment with different methods of creating slingshots. Use cloth, rubber bands, branches, or other materials to make a flinging instrument. Test the slingshots OUTSIDE and see which make things fly the farthest.
  6. Make some royal adornments: there are plenty of great Bible stories centered on kings and queens. Celebrate by making a crown out of paper, cardboard, glitter, or other decorative materials. Add a regal “robe” or jewelry for a fun fashion show.
  7. Have a sheep search (try to say that five times fast). The Bible gives us lots of great sheep and shepherd analogies. Hide cotton balls around the house or the yard. Have kids hunt for them and count them as they go to see if all have been found (great for young kids and counting practice!).
  8. Wisdom calligraphy: select a verse from the book of Proverbs. Re-write the verse on special paper, with fancy decorative writing and color.
  9. Be still and listen: light a candle, and practice being silent and still. Take a few minutes to sit quietly and observe the candle, thinking about God and His presence.
  10. Fishers of men: Several disciples were fishermen. If you have a wading pool, put some water in it and walk around “fishing” small toys or rocks. For extra fun, place some marbles or small items in the pool, and use toes to scoop them out!
  11. Sensational miracles: Jesus did a lot of healing for people who could not use all of their senses (blind, deaf, lame). To appreciate our senses, have kids randomly draw a sense to temporarily lose, and go through some daily activities without that sense. For example, how will they get around without the ability to walk? (Okay, walking isn’t a sense, but it still works). How hard is it to make a sandwich with a blindfold? If you plug your nose, can you still taste? Consider how marvelous God has made us, and what a blessing it is to be alive.
  12. Write some epistles! Just like the Apostle Paul, we can encourage others through the written word. Have kids write cards or letters to people and send them via “snail mail.” Younger children can draw or color pictures to send.
  13. Fruit of the spirit fruit stamping: Cut several fruits in half, and have kids make art by sticking the fruit in paint and “stamping” it onto paper. See which fruits work best for this, and practice writing and memorizing the fruits of the spirit.
  14. Celebrate God’s creation: go outside for a mini nature walk. Try to find as many living things as possible. Maybe you can even catch some bugs in a jar!
  15. Plant something: it might be a full garden or a seed in a paper cup. Talk about how things grow, and how our life in Christ can grow with prayer and reading the Bible. Talk about how we can “plant seeds” in friends, too

Bath and Wells Diocese have come up with the Bible Chat Mat it’s a great way to do God as family. It is a printable resource that can be used around a meal table, sitting on the sofa, in the garden or wherever works best. This activity can be done as a household, friends together, home group, Sunday group or even in a school context. The sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing you to respond to the Bible in your own unique way. See here

Spring Harvest has had to cancel this year however they are sharing Sprinh Harvest at home from the 13-17th April on youtube . This includes the Big Start which is a great way to start the day with God and your children.

Faith Families

Wishing you could help your children on their spiritual journey but unclear where to start? This is the book for you! With Faithful Families, you will learn to: connect faith to your family’s everyday life, add family faith moments into your daily routine, learn new spiritual practices alongside your children, teach your children to appreciate religious diversity with time-tested non-Christian and Christian spiritual practices, respond to life’s everyday challenges and opportunities with meaningful practices

Resource List  - Children’s, Family, and Intergenerational Ministries compiled by Traci Smith. Please visit www.traci-smith.com/stuff for the most current version of this list

Illustrated Ministry

Free, weekly, faith formation resources for all ages https://www.illustratedministry.com/flattenthecurve

Faith at Home is a monthly digital magazine for parents to encourage you in sharing and exploring faith at home. Sign up for a free account with Youth and Children’s Work magazine and you can download all current and previous editions.

https://www.youthandchildrens.work/Faith-at-Home

Diddy Disciples is aimed at younger children and here they tell the story of Palm Sunday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpi0aVfStxc

https://parentingforfaith.org/parents

Try singing together here are some worship links aimed at children.

Hillsong

Rend Collective

Bethel Kids

Young People

Hope from Home

A Facebook group for youth leaders who are interested in what youth ministry looks like in amongst social distancing. Swapping resources, ideas and supporting young people.

Together Apart’ is a short series of curriculum resources enabling you to explore life and faith with young people, and is designed specifically for use in the context of an online youth work session. And it’s absolutely FREE! https://www.youthscape.co.uk/coronavirus/p1#together-apart-1

Youth: Intro Outro have got a great, youth-facing YouTube channel which is a great place to point young people towards. Their latest video features: "24 things to do in isolation". Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fizDEX9kMdE

A Bible devotional for young adults

When It Hurts…

10 Days

When we’re going through difficult times, feeling overwhelmed by things, or just having a bad day, we can often feel that we’re alone and that nobody understands what we’re going through. But God understands, and He’s promised to never leave us. This 10-day devotional features readings taken from UCB’s daily devotional Word For You, to help you draw closer to God through difficult and desperate times, and reassuring you that He’s beside you whatever you’re facing.

Song written for by a young worship leader Jay




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