Winter Family Faith Formation – January 24
Join us each week as a family to celebrate the New Year with stories of the life of Jesus!
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
or Miss Renee for littles-Kindergartners or watch both!
Share in some faith practices of worship together!
Shine a Light: Light a candle or find a flashlight. Take turns saying, “Jesus shows the way.”
Sing Together: “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”
I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.
Make an Offering: How will you make an offering today?
Read the Bible Together
Read this week’s God’s Great Story in the children’s Bible for you child’s age.
Spark Story Bible – The Disciples pg 232
Bible – Luke 5:1-11
Talk About It!
Have fun asking question for all your family members!
What are some things that we follow? When is it fun? When is it hard?
A disciple is a follower, a friend, and a helper. Jesus called his disciples to help spread the message of God’s power and love. We are disciples, too! As his disciple, what would Jesus like you to do today?
In our story today, the first followers of Jesus were fishermen. Did you know one of the first symbols to show you were a follower of Jesus was trace the shape of a fish in the sand together. One person would make the first arc, and if the other person was a follower as well, they’d make the second arc to complete the fish. It’s a symbol we still use today. Have some fun together making the symbol by drawing, in sand or even out in the snow!
Dig Deeper: Jesus was often criticized for the company he kept. He sat with sinners. He spoke to Samarians. He ate with tax collectors. Who would you be criticized for hanging around with? Why? Are there groups of people who are disliked, feared and/or singled out today?
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: Making scrolls: Color, Cut and Collect the Fish Use the fish worksheet in your Faith Formation kit or download the pdf. After you color and cut out the fish, use straws to collect and move the fish. How long can you hold your breath? Can you move a fish across the table? Across the room
Activity 2: Play Go Fish Name the cards 1-10, Jack and Queen after the disciples (Peter, Andrew, Thaddeus, Matthew, Philip, John, Bartholomew, James, James 2, Simon, Judas, and Thomas). Name the King after Jesus.
“Dear Lord, thank you for making us your disciples. Help us to do the work you are calling us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”
Bless Each Other
At the end of your time, give each other a special blessing to remember one of God’s promises.
Make the fish symbol together and say “I have decided to follow Jesus!”