This month, we heard about Lois and Eunice in church. Lois and Eunice were Timothy’s grandmother and mother, and Paul says that Timothy learned his foundation of faith from them. My husband’s parents live in another state, and we won’t be seeing them in person until Thanksgiving, so I arranged for them to do this activity with my kids by Skype. We arranged a date and time that worked for all of us, and I texted the questions to them the night before. If you are blessed enough to have family nearby, do it in person, or you can think of someone in your family who might be far from home and would welcome a little God Time with your kids. Be as creative as you can. You can find the discussion guide for this here:
Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Our gathering prayer was a technology prayer;
Please God, help our computers to work so that we can see and talk to one another this morning. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
We took this one question at a time, and each grandparent answered each question. Our kids answered them fairly spontaneously, as they have gotten into the groove of this whole faith interview thing! Here are the questions:
- What is your favorite Bible story or verse? Why?
- What is your favorite memory of church or church activities? Why?
- What is your favorite prayer or way to pray? Why?
- What is your favorite church, Sunday School, camp, or VBS song? Why?
Once again it was a great experience for our family. My husband and I didn’t answer the questions this time, but agreed that it was awesome to hear the responses of his parents. In our family, these subjects do not come up in spontaneous conversation, so it was good her learn more about the faith life of his parents in this intentional way. You might want to record everyone’s answers in a short video or audio file so that your kids can hear them again and again. During the week, challenge your family to look up the Bible stories, prayers, and songs that you mentioned. You will see the favorites of my family in upcoming Family God Time posts.
Thanks for taking the time to feed your family’s faith this week! I hope this time was a holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn more about each other. Keep us faithful, now and always. In your name we pray, Amen.