Summer Family Faith Formation – July 11
Join us each week as a family to celebrate the fun of summer with some of the BIG stories of the Bible!
Pick from watching our Welcome Videos, Worship Together, Reading the Bible, Talk About It, Family Activities, Pray Together and Bless Each Other – or do them all!
Start by picking a Welcome Video from Miss Leah for Grades 1-4
Share in some faith practices of worship together!
Shine a Light: We are celebrating Christmas in July! Find 4 summer-y things that light up to make an Advent Wreath. Light each one by saying “With JOY we welcome Jesus!” Then the rest, HOPE, LOVE, and PEACE.
Sing Together: Pick your favorite Christmas song and sing it together!
Make an Offering: How can you be an offering this week?
Read the Bible Together
Read this week’s God’s Great Story in the children’s Bible for you child’s age.
Watch the Holy Moly Video: The Holy Moly videos series from Spark takes the essentials of the Bible story, adds a bit of humor, and subtracts a bit of the scariness. The result is a video suitable for all ages. Enjoy today’s unique re-telling of Mary & Elizabeth’s story.
Talk About It!
Have fun asking question for all your family members!
What does your face look like when it’s surprised? How about scared? Can you make it go slowly from scared to happy? Have everyone in your family try it!
When the angel told Mary that she was to become a mother, Mary felt troubled, scared, and confused. The angel reassured her, and her trust in God made her feel calm and happy. She traveled to another town to share the news with her relative Elizabeth.
How do you like to share good news? Who do you share your news with? Do you have to travel to share your news?
Dig Deeper: Mary’s good news troubled her at first. When someone finds out they are going to have a baby, they can have many different feelings, sometimes all at the same time. In my welcome video, I talked about families with different feelings. Ask your family about their feelings when they were expecting you. How do you feel when you are expecting something (a visit from a relative, a new pet)?
Family Activity Choices
Pick activities to do together! Supplies are provided in our Monthly At-Home Kits you picked up at our drive thru events or ask to have delivered to your home.
Activity: What to Pack? For fun, get out a small bag or suitcase and a variety of items…some practical, some silly. Decide what you need for your pretend trip and pack your suitcase. Make sure to help clean up when you’re done!
“Dear God, help us to remember to prepare to welcome Jesus everyday, not just on Christmas! Amen.”
Bless Each Other
At the end of your time, give each other a special blessing to remember one of God’s promises.
Put your arms around each other and sing “We wish you a merry Christmas (in July). We wish you a merry Christmas (in July). We wish you a merry Christmas (in July). And happiness all year!”