Faith at home
Faith development for households
Faith practices modelled and learned well become a way of life. This article has 2 parts. One is the creation of a really neat little process known as FAITH5 – a way to entwine Godly conversation into the everyday. It also tells a cautionary tale of how to recognise a quality resource when it comes up, and how to encourage and support people as they learn how to use it to develop their faith.
Prayer with children – at home and church
Elizabeth Windsor has a wonderful idea in this blog post: 7 tips for inviting children to pray. These ideas are perfect for home time too, although the article is about a wonderful experience she engaged with at church. There are hints for boys and prayer (spoiler alert: involves activity!) and some super reminders to get kids to use their bodies as well as their minds.
Household prayer time
“Family prayer, and other traditions, create a sense of rootedness, helping children and adults to navigate the ups and downs of daily life. This rootedness creates fertile ground from which we build the trellis that will support the intricate and winding process our faith journeys take us on as we continue to grow.” Kate Hutson, creator of Prayer Sticks, a simple and effective tool for prayer at meal times. https://www.buildfaith.org/prayer-sticks
Milestones – celebrating key events in church and at home
This article on celebrating milestones gives a convincing overview of the reasons behind becoming a “milestone” family. We already celebrate birth, the first day of school, significant ages, etc. The ideas here give us the confidence to claim all of these for God, and the words to weave into each milestone to create a culture of God-talk in our celebrations.
Happy sigh…someone who uses Lego to explore Bible stories and faith questions knowing that many boys respond really well to using their bodies AND minds in tandem. Hands on and so cool. Check out this blog post Building Faith Brick by Brick from Emily Given – she provides a step by step guide and some amazing stories and pics of her boys’ creations. Read to the end…Riley (aged 5) has the last word.
Prayers and Blessings for Birthdays
“For Christians, birthdays are a time to celebrate God’s gift of life. When we say birthday prayers, we remind each other that all life comes from God. Think about it: every person is literally a gift from God! In addition, a birthday is an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to God. We begin another 365 days, ready to love God, and ready to love others.” Matthew Kozlowski shares ideas behind Christian birthdays, and provides plenty of prayers to use for all ages. Birthday prayers and blessings