Creative Faith-Based Conversations for Thanksgiving, Part 2

(This is the second in a series of four posts.  See the original post here.)

2. Second, the family: Thanksgiving is full of family and loved ones gathering around for fellowship, remembering what God has done, and breaking bread together.

That sounds a lot like life in the
early church, specifically Acts 2:37-47. What a great chance to introduce your kids to the heart of the early church!

You could play Family Tree bingo where the kids have to match up names of family members with who belongs in each family.

Since the believers in Acts were so thankful, take a moment before praying for the meal and ask every family member to share one thing they are thankful for this year. (This would be a great addition to your family pre-meal prayers on a regular basis.)

If your family has had a recent death, divorce, job loss or family tragedy, this is also a good time of year to talk about how God can comfort us when we are in the midst of pain. A reference to Matthew 5:4 would fit this kind of conversation.

 


This was originally posted as a blog post I wrote for parentministry.net and can be found here: http://parentministry.net/2014/11/4-creative-faith-based-conversations-for-thanksgiving/

Creative Faith-Based Conversations for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving provides one of the best holiday opportunities for parents to pass down faith to the next generation.

I’ve been working on some great ideas to infuse faith into Thanksgiving, and I’d thought I’d share them with you.

I’ll share one  a day for the next four days.  Here’s the first.

1. First, the food: With the excitement surrounding Master Chef Junior,
kids are more excited than ever to help out in the kitchen. If your kids haven’t seen this show, you can log on and watch an episode together.

Serving together in the kitchen just might lead to a great discussion about how kids can and should have an important role in serving their local church today, not just when they “grow up.”

Sprinkle in a little talk about 1 Corinthians 12 and 13, and you have an organic home Bible study!

Include fun backstories to “secret family recipes” and why you serve certain dishes at your holiday meal.

Maybe even go really crazy and let your children plan the menu this year, (with a
little adult help and suggestions, of course.)


This was originally posted as a blog post I wrote for parentministry.net and can be found here: http://parentministry.net/2014/11/4-creative-faith-based-conversations-for-thanksgiving/

Weekend Review: April 26-27, 2014

Usually, this is the type of post I limit to the ministry blogs for each ministry I lead.  I wanted to get this out here as well.  You can see what we taught our preteens and middle schoolers this week.  Then, to keep up on these teachings and other bits of fun and practical information, you can follow the ministry specific blogs:

EasterFlashback_web

If you’d like to see a copy of the presentation from this weekend’s lesson on John 11, follow this link:

http://tinyurl.com/easterflashback2

If you’d like to see the teaching notes that go with the presentation, follow this link:

http://tinyurl.com/easterflashback2notes

My hope is that sharing these resources with you helps your family having spiritual conversations that wall this weekend’s teaching into your everyday life with your child(ren)!

 

fifty-six Blog (for the 5th-6th grade student ministry of Mount Pleasant Christian Church): http://mpcc56.wordpress.com

seventy8 Blog (for the 7th-8th grade student ministry of Mount Pleasant Christian Church): http://mpcc78.wordpress.com