Discipleship Activities for the Family

Family faith-sharing tip:

Make being healthy fun! Play outside with your children for half an hour a day, whenever you can, so that you all get exercise, fresh air, and sunlight. Make healthful food tasty and attractive, arranging it in fun pictures on their plates. Help your children sleep well by soothing them down before bedtime with a gentle, calming routine. Encourage their emotional health and well-being. Offer small, healthful treats and rewards for drinking enough water each day and teach your children to wash their hands regularly.

Focus:

  • John 10:10; Matthew 25:31-46
  • Jesus healed people because He cared about them and He wanted them to have the best lives possible. He also wants us to help heal and comfort those who are disabled, sick, and in pain, and to find ways to make their lives as happy as possible too.

Gather together:

  • One basket or sturdy box per child
  • Attractive craft materials
  • A collection of things a sick child would appreciate—cartons of juice; healthful treats; new or second-hand CDs of children’s praise music or Bible stories; wet-wipes; happy and inspiring books (perhaps audiobooks); fun socks; craft kits suitable to use in bed; amusing toys and small puzzles; balloons; bubbles to blow; nice DVDs; etc. If possible, find out their needs and what they enjoy most.
  • Tissue paper or gift wrap
  • Sticky tape
  • Paper and pens
  • Ribbons and other supplies to make the package attractive and fun
  • Attractive cards and card-making materials for prayer activity
  • Scrap paper and pens

What you do:

  • Help your children to pack one or two care packages for some sick children that you know.
  • Help them wrap each item to make it fun to unpack. Or wrap them like a pass-the-parcel game, in which each layer of wrapping hides another treat and an encouraging message or funny joke.
  • Hold hands around the finished packages and pray for the children who are sick.
  • Take the packages to the children and visit with them, briefly, if appropriate. Encourage your children to chat with them normally and tell them funny stories. You might invite your child to say a short prayer at the end of the visit.
  • Ask the child’s family what you can do to help, and how often you could visit.

Prayer/reflection activity:

  • Provide attractive cards (or help your children make some lovely cards) to send to a few sick or disabled adults you know.
  • Help your child write a simple prayer for the person. Write it out on rough paper first, and then write it neatly inside the card. Or use a computer and printer.
  • Put each card in an envelope and write the person’s name and address on the outside.
  • Pray for each person for whom you’ve made a card and ask God to heal and comfort them and help you know the best way to bring joy and comfort into their lives.

Other ideas:

  • Perhaps you and your family could choose to support a special charity that helps sick people in some way. Find out about their work and how you can help by raising money, collecting useful things, etc.
  • Help your children encourage their friends to be healthy by teaching them fun outdoor games to play, making healthful treats to share with them, and giving your children the skills and the confidence to discourage their peers from starting unhealthful habits.