Summer Family Faith Formation – June 19
Join us each week for “Book Club” as we bring to life beloved children’s books and Bible stories!
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!
Share in some faith practices of worship together!
Shine a Light: Turn on a book light or reading lamp and say, “Jesus is the light of the world!”
Giving Thanks: What are 3 things made from trees/wood/paper you are thankful for today?
Sing: “Thank You Song” Thank You God for giving us (something made from trees) x3 / Right where we are.
Alleluia praise the Lord x3 / Right where we are.
Offering: How can you make an offering today?
Read the Bible Together
Talk About It!
Talk About It: What are some things you like to do with trees & wood? If you were a tree, what kind would you like to be? Big and tall like a pine tree, long flowing branches like a willow, or maybe super fruity like an apple tree.
How are the Boy in the Giving Tree and the Son in the Prodigal Son story alike? How are the Tree and the Father alike? Which one reminds you the most of you? Which one reminds you the most of God? Both stories are about “generosity,” that means HUGE, overwhelming kindness and love, even if others don’t seem to think you deserve it. Both are beautiful pictures of what God’s love for us is like. We can never ask for too much, it will never run out, and He will always forgive us when we mess up. And that’s how God ask us to love each other. Can you think of someone who loves you that much? Can you think of someone you love that much? How can you as a family loves others like that?
Dig Deeper: Aside from the lovely parts of the story, do you “eye spy” anyone who could be angry or resentful of the generosity? Or maybe not so grumpy but just sad? Have you ever felt like the other brother in the story? Or how about lonely like the tree? How do we find ways to be loving and forgiving when that happens to us?
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 1: Make something out of part of a tree/wood/paper to tell someone thank you for their generous love.
Activity 2: Try “The Giving Tree Yoga”! Download the instructions HERE!
“Loving God, thank you for our amazing generous love. Help me to love like you. Amen.“
Bless Each Other
At the end of your time, give each other a special blessing to remember one of God’s promises.
Stand in tree pose and say “thank you for loving me!”
(Lesson adapted from Look to Him and Be Radiant Blog: https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2012/02/stories-scripture-giving-tree-prodigal.html)