Discipleship Activities for the Family

Family faith-sharing tip:

If you struggle with knowing how to have family worship, ask your pastor if he can recommend a family who’s having creative worships with children the same ages as yours. Maybe they’d be willing to let you join them in their worship activities so you can learn from them. Or meet with several families for worship on a weekly basis, using these worship activities. Take turns leading out, so that you can share the responsibility and learn from one another.

Focus:

  • Matthew 9:35-38
  • When we follow God, He helps us learn the best way to serve Him. We do this by watching what others do, copying them, practicing doing it ourselves, and then teaching others how to do it. Even children can learn to serve God using this simple, but effective, process.

Gather together:

  • Find whatever you need to teach your child a simple and useful task, such as tying a special knot, shaping a loaf of bread, planting a seed in a pot, sewing on a button, etc.

What you do:

  • Teach your child a simple, useful task that has no more than 4 to 6 steps, depending on their age.
  • Teach it in four stages:
    • Show them what to do.
    • Let them copy you as you do it together.
    • Have them do it on their own.
    • Have them teach someone else what they’ve learned from you.
  • Read aloud Matthew 9:35-38 and talk about how Jesus managed to train a few fishermen to become great preachers and teachers in just three years.
  • Ask your children if there’s something small they’d like to do in church, such as helping to take up the offering, reading the Scripture passage, welcoming people, or setting the tables for lunch.
  • As soon as possible, contact your pastor, head deacon, elders, or whoever is responsible for the task your child has chosen.
  • Explain that you’ve had a family worship activity about preparing to serve God and that your child would like to learn how to do a small task in the church.
  • Tell the person responsible about the four-step training process and ask if your child could do one step of the process each week: watching, copying, doing it on their own, and then teaching someone else.
  • Explain that you’ll be responsible for your child too, but that you would really appreciate it if the person could help your child have this valuable learning experience.
  • Encourage your child to write a note of appreciation to their “trainer” after this experience.

Prayer/reflection activity:

  • Use your hands to remind you to pray for the different people in your church.
  • Your thumb sticks out and away from the other fingers. It reminds you to pray for missionaries in faraway countries.
  • Your index finger points the way, so pray for pastors and teachers who show others how to follow God.
  • Your middle finger is the longest—pray for those who have been in your church a long time, and especially for the older people.
  • Your ring finger reminds you to pray for those who take care of the families in your church.
  • Your little finger reminds you to pray for the people in your church who take care of the children in Sabbath School, Children’s Church, Pathfinders, and Adventurers, etc.