Family faith-sharing tip:
Help your children to form close and supportive friendships at church. Even if your church is small, they can adopt a “grandparent” or find trustworthy adults who will mentor their spiritual gifts and talents, or show an interest in their interests. If possible, help them to make friends with other Adventist children, through school, Pathfinders, camps, etc. These relationships can help to keep your children stronger and closer to Jesus through the challenging teenage and young adult years.
- Ephesians 4:29; Genesis 2:18; Romans 12:9-21
- Jesus wants us to be part of a family of believers so we can support and encourage one another, help each other to grow closer to Him, and work together to tell others about Him.
- Large sheet of paper
- Colored magazines with lots of pictures of different people
- Marker pens, scissors, glue
- Plant sticks
- Plastic plant pot, stones, potting soil/potting compost, etc.
- Houseplant seedling
- Photos of each of your children
- Posterboard (thin card)
- Laminator or clear adhesive film
- Attractive pot cover
What you do:
- Draw a large outline of your church building on the sheet of paper and write the name of your church at the top of the paper.
- Cut the faces of people out of the magazines.
- Work with your children to fill the church outline with a variety of people who represent the members of your church. Affix them with glue.
- Now draw at least 12 large speech bubbles coming out of the mouths of the faces in the church outline.
- Roll a die and write a comment in one of the speech bubbles according to the number you have rolled:
- 1 – Encouraging words
- 2 – Helpful words
- 3 – Friendly words
- 4 – Comforting words
- 5 – Loving words
- 6 – Welcoming words
- When all the speech bubbles have been filled, look at what has been written in each one.
- How would these words make you feel?
- How can we use our words to help other people at church feel loved, encouraged, welcomed, helped, comforted, and befriended?
- What else can we do to make friends with everyone at church?
- How can church be a place where everyone feels loved by God and loved by one another?
- Help your child plant a sturdy, easy-care houseplant in a pot. Place a layer of stones in the bottom of the pot, then add the soil and then plant the seed or seedling.
- Make, buy, or find an attractive cover for the pot, so the plant can be safely watered.
- Take a photo of your child, paste it onto some sturdy posterboard, and write a message like, “Please pray I’ll grow more like Jesus!” Laminate it or cover it with clear adhesive film.
- Attach the picture onto a plant stick and insert the stick into the pot.
- Give the houseplant to an older person who likes children and plants. Ask them to pray for your child every time they take care of the plant.
- Pray for the people who are looking after your plant too. You can become prayer partners and encourage one another, even though you are very different in age.