Family Devotions

Each week we aim to share some very simple resources that can be used at home as we encourage and support one another in living out our faith in Jesus Christ, in the cut and thrust of everyday family life. They don't require a lot of preparation or materials, but can hopefully be incorporated into the natural rhythm of home life. If you'd like to help with this, please get in touch with us.

Week commencing 24th May 2020:  KINDNESS

Each week we're sharing some very simple resources that can be used at home as we encourage and support one another in living out our faith in Jesus, in the cut and thrust of everyday family life. They don't require a lot of preparation or materials, but can hopefully be incorporated into the natural rhythm of home life. If you'd like to help with this, please get in touch with us.

This week's activity is focussed on the fruit of KINDNESS.

BIBLE:  Read Ephesians 4:32.  You can read it here.
'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.'

TALKING POINTS:
1. Why should we be kind?
2. Do you think you are kind?
3. What ways can we show kindness?

ACTIVITIES:
Can you make up an acrositc poem where each letter of kindness relates to the word? For example:
K - Kindness means a helping hand.
I - It is a wonderful thing to do.
N -
D -
N -
E -
S -
S -

Or have a go at making a Kindness paper chain -
Can you think of some kind things you can do this week? Write each one on a piece of paper and link them together as a chain. Hang this up to remind you to do those kind things. How wonderful it is to be kind and think of how blessed the other person will feel! God is kind to us with all the amazing blessings he gives us. Let's be kind to others so they know God's love.

VIDEO:
Watch this video called 'Colour your world with kindness.' See the impact being kind can have on others.

SHARE:

Let us know how you get on with this. Feel free to send through any pictures or videos of your musical instruments and we'll share it here to encourage others. Feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@standrewsbangor.org.uk

VIDEO RESOURCE:

Check out this children's video put together by Stephen, Daniel and 'Rocky' Rowan and shared during Sunday Worship on 24th May 2020.  It helps us to think about what it means to grow in kindness day by day.  And here's a link to the song 'This little light of mine' - a great reminder that showing kindness to others is a really good way of shining for Jesus.

 

Week commencing 17th May 2020:  PATIENCE

BIBLE: Read Genesis 21:5-7.  You can read it here.

Sarah longed for a baby and had to learn to be patient. After waiting a long time, God gave her a son!

You can find out more about Sarah's story and God's faithfulness through it all, by watching this short animation.

TALKING POINTS:
1. Discuss what patience is.  One definition for patience is 'The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset.'
2. Have you ever had to wait for something you really wanted? How did it feel to have to wait for it? How did you feel when you finally got it?

ACTIVITY:
Show your child a packet of Haribo / Sweet treat. Tell them they can eat it now if they want, but if they wait until tomorrow there might be something better for them. If they decide to wait, then give them 2 treats the next day. If they decide not to wait simply tell them they could've had another treat (do not show them the 2nd treat as we don't want any tears!)

Discuss how it was better to be patient because you got 2 treats instead of 1!

Ask God to help us to be patient, in those moments when it is difficult to wait.

SONG:
Have a listen to 'Father Abraham' and feel free to sing along!

SHARE:

Let us know how you get on with this. Feel free to send through any pictures or videos of your musical instruments and we'll share it here to encourage others. Feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@standrewsbangor.org.uk

VIDEO RESOURCE:

Check out this children's video put together by Christine Wilson and shared during Sunday Worship on 17th May 2020.  It helps us to think about what it means to receive patience from God, as we trust and follow Him.

 

Week commencing 10th May 2020:  PEACE

True peace can only be found by trusting in God. He's the only One who can bring peace to our hearts! He is in control even when we can't always see it.

BIBLE: Read Mark 4:35-41.  You can read it here.

This is a very familiar story of Jesus calming the storm.

TALKING POINTS:
1. What was worrying the disciples in this story?
2. What did the disciples decide to do in the story?
3. What did Jesus do that was so amazing?

Follow on: What things worry us sometimes and make us feel anxious? Adults can share their worries too. Who can help us and what do we need to do to get peace from God? We just need to ask Him and pray to Him and trust Him.

ACTIVITY:
If you have bubbles in your house use them and as you blow the bubbles think of your worries and blowing them over to God. If not, write down your worries on little bits of paper and as you crumple them up ask God to help you deal with them and give you His peace.

SONG:
Have a listen to 'Peace like a river' and feel free to sing along! 

Also, check out these amazing verses about God's peace:
* Philippians 4:6-7
* John 14:27

See if you can learn a few words from them.

SHARE:

Let us know how you get on with this. Feel free to send through any pictures or videos of your musical instruments and we'll share it here to encourage others. Feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@StAndrewsBangor.org.uk

VIDEO RESOURCE:

Check out this children's video put together by Susie Rowan and shared during Sunday Worship on 10th May 2020.  It helps us to think about what it means to receive peace from God, as we trust and follow Him.

 

Week commencing 3rd May 2020:  JOY

BIBLE: Read Psalm 118:24.  You can read it here.

'This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.'

TALKING POINTS:

1. What brings you joy each day? Take time to think about the little things that bring you joy every day, and give thanks to God for these.

2. Where can we find true and lasting joy? The answer is by trusting and following Jesus.

3. How does Jesus bring us real joy each day? He loves us, He has died and risen for us, He is with us each day as we trust and follow Him, He cares for us, and He promises to lead and guide us step by step for all eternity.

ACTIVITY: MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

How can we make a joyful noise to the Lord at home? Be creative!

You might already have some musical instruments at home. You can use wooden spoons and a pot as a drum, stamp your feet, clap your hands, put some dried rice in a balloon / sealed envelope as a shaker, bang your belly like a drum etc.

Play your favourite worship song and sing, dance and play your instruments to show God how much JOY He gives us!

SONG:

Have a listen to 'The Joy of the Lord is my strength', by Rend Collective.

SHARE:

Let us know how you get on with this. Feel free to send through any pictures or videos of your musical instruments and we'll share it here to encourage others. Feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@StAndrewsBangor.org.uk

 

Week commencing 26th April 2020:  LOVE

We learnt over Easter that God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us because He loves us so much! This is an amazing love which He want us to share with others!

BIBLE: Read Matthew 22:36-39  You can read it here.

TALKING POINTS:

1. What is the most important thing Jesus has asked us to do?

2. What is the second one?

3. How can we show God we love Him?

* Think of ways this week whilst we are still in lockdown, to show others we love them and that God loves them too.

ACTIVITY:

Cut out a heart shape, write or draw on it people or things you love. Say a prayer to ask God to help you show love to everyone around you, and that others will follow Jesus as they see how much He loves them.

SONG:

Have a listen to 'Love the Lord.' If you know the song, sing along to God together, and feel free to do the actions!

SHARE:

Let us know how you get on with this. Feel free to send through any pictures or videos of your heart activity and we'll share it here to encourage others. Feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@StAndrewsBangor.org.uk

 

Week commencing 19th April 2020:  PRAYER

BIBLE: Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

'Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.'

FAMILY DEVOTIONS:
Prayer is so important as we trust and follow the Lord. It's a time to be united with God and get everyone involved from the youngest to the oldest! We can talk to God about anything, anywhere, at any time. This week, why don't you get together as a family around the kitchen table...think about what you are thankful for...and then think of what people and situations you as a family can pray for.

It's especially important in these days we're living, to keep praying. As we pray, there's always so much to be thankful for. Be creative and use something like the image shown below...even get your children to draw pictures themselves of what they want to pray for. Stick it up in a place where you can see it and use it when you can (e.g. fridge, mirror in the bathroom, living room wall). No prayer is too big or too small for God. He loves to hear us talk to Him.

SHARING: Let us know how you get on. If you'd like to share any prayer requests or things that you're thankful to God for, with the rest of the church family, feel free to send us these via Messenger on the St Andrew's Facebook page or email info@StAndrewsBangor.org.uk