Welcome to Faith 5: Summer Family Devotions

Faith 5 is a quick way to build family devotions into your day, and have more faith conversations at home, or on the go. There are 5 steps: Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless. Here is how it works.

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Gather your family together. Dinner time or bedtime might work for you. You can do Faith 5 in 5-15 minutes.

1. Share your highs and lows of the day.

2. Read a Bible verse or story. (First week’s are below.)

3. Talk about how the reading relates to your highs and lows.

4. Pray for one another’s highs and lows.

5. Bless one another.

A blessing could be tracing a simple sign of the cross on the forehead, with the words, “God loves you and so do I,” or another sign of blessing for your family.

Want ideas for the Bible readings? The Bible is filled with images of water that are perfect for summer devotions. Here are a few verses that will help you dive in this week:

  • June 1: Genesis 1:1-10
  • June 2: Genesis 18:1-14
  • June 3: Isaiah 11:6-9
  • June 4: Isaiah 12:2-3
  • June 5: Isaiah 25:8-9
  • June 6: Isaiah 35:1-6
  • June 7: Isaiah 41:17-18

Here is an intro video that shows how one family (with little ones) does the Faith 5.

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Good Friday and Holy Saturday with Children

holy week clipIt’s difficult to know how to navigate these days. School and culture have us hiding eggs and stocking up on chocolate bunnies. At church we have reached our most solemn day of the church year as we recall the cross and death of Jesus. How do you observe it as a family, with children of varying ages?

My best suggestion: Stop by the church today to walk through the Holy Week Prayer stations in the Parlor.

Want more, or ideas for how to prepare for Easter at home or on vacation? Try these links:

Lenten Practice – March 8th

paperwhiteOur Lenten practice today is to pray about the word PATIENCE. That’s a difficult one for most of us. Our world gets faster and we get used to having things NOW. Patience truly takes practice. As you pray today, take some slow, deep breaths. Slow down.

What can you do with your child together today that encourages patience? Consider planting a bulb that can slowly bloom over the next few weeks. Look here for instructions on planting an amaryllis bulb with children. Narcissus paperwhites are also good for spring blooming indoors. It will take several weeks, depending on the type. What a beautiful way to practice patience during Lent as we prepare for Easter.