Family God Time: Remembering Our Baptism

This week in our parish, we will be celebrating the baptism of an infant.  Since my girls were also baptized as infants, and they don’t remember the event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remember our baptisms.

 

I plan to do this Family God Time outside, since we might get a little bit wet!

First, share the stories of your children’s baptisms with them, or ask them to tell the stories, if they know them.

Then, remind them that although baptism is a one time event, we can remember it any time!

Materials:
bowl of water
small pine branches
youtube video (below)

I found this prayer by St. Osmund:
God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.

First, we will dip our hands in the bowl of water and trace a small cross on each part of our bodies as we do the prayer repeat-after-me style.  For “end and departing,” we will trace copies on our feet.

Next, we will learn a little song that goes with the prayer.  You can learn it with actions here:

Once we know the song with actions, we will dip our pine branches in the bowl of water and fling God’s blessings everywhere as we continue to sing the song  (I fully expect this to become a holy water fight!).

End your time together by thanking God for the gift of baptism.  Thank you for taking some Family God Time together.  I hope it has been a holy time for you.

In Christ,  Breen Marie

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I AM the Vine: John 15:4-5

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For Family God Time this week, I found a neat little study and craft over on Faithful Little Hands:  https://faithfullittlehands.com/the-vine-and-the-branches-bible-craft/

I am planning to do this with my girls this weekend, along with this song directly from the words in the Bible:

 

When you pray this week, hold hands as a family to remind yourselves that we are all connected to one another through Jesus, the true Vine.

I hope your Family God Time will be holy time!

Everlasting Love: Jeremiah 31:3

During the month of February, my family and I have decided to dedicate ourselves to celebrating God’s love.  Stay tuned for a whole month of love (and hearts!) celebrating the one who first loved us. 

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Gathering 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 remember how much you love us.  Help our time together to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Verse:    Jeremiah 31:3 NRSV
The Lord appeared to him from far away.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

Questions to Ponder:

  1. One of the big holidays that we celebrate in February is Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day is often a time when we focus on romantic love, or friendship love, or even family love.  Before any of those loving relationships came into our lives, who loved us first?  How do you know?
  2. In this verse, God is reminding the prophet Jeremiah that he loved Jeremiah before he was born, he loves Jeremiah right now, and will love him all the way into eternity. What do you think about God loving each of us with that kind of love?
  3. When you love someone, you are faithful to them. In what ways has God been faithful to you?

Song: Everlasting Love
This song helps us to get this verse into our bodies as well as our minds and hearts.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Lacy Hearts

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Materials Needed:
White card stock
Pink or red card stock
glue stick
regular scissors
fancy edged scissors
markers
tiny hole punch
regular hole punch
small heart punch

Instructions:

  1. Cut out a large heart from white card stock using the fancy edged scissors.
  2. Cut a smaller heart out of red or pink card stock.
  3. Write “I have loved you with an everlasting love! Jer. 3:13” on the red or pink heart. Glue it to the center of the white heart.
  4. Use the hole punches to make the white margin “lacy.” Hand completed hearts somewhere where you will see them often this week.  We plan to hang them in our picture window so everyone can enjoy them.

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you loved us before we were born, that you love us right now, and that you will love us forever and ever and ever!  In your name we pray, Amen.

Pray Without Ceasing: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Gathering 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 remember to take the time to pray.  Help our time together to be a holy time.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Verses:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV)
Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What is tough about these verses for you? What do you have trouble understanding?
  2. What do you like about these verses? What is your favorite part, and why?
  3. What is a story you can remember as you think about these verses? It might be about a time when you were thankful, or wanted to do something all the time, for example.
  4. What is God up to in these verses? What is God calling you to do or to be because of these verses?

This Family God Time idea came about because my girls received Prayer Boxes from their godmother for Christmas.  They look like this:

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She purchased them pre-made in a gift shop, but I am sure that you could easily make your own from an Altoids tin or a travel soap container and some stickers.

Since receiving these boxes, our girls have come up to us at all times of the day, on all days of the week, to ask us to write down a prayer that they would like to put in their box (two of our girls can’t yet read, and the oldest likes to make sure that her spelling is correct).  Because they are embodying this idea to “pray without ceasing,” I thought that it would be a good snow day activity to make some really special cards to put in their prayer boxes.

Song:  Pray About Everything
This is the song that we listened to as we made our cards.  I like this version because the actions are clear without being too much.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Prayer Cards
I am calling this a snow day activity because it involves more than one step with drying time in between.  You can choose to spread it out over the course of a day, or, as in the case of my family, do one step per day until they are complete.  If you want to go the quick route, you can simply color the background with markers, crayons, or colored pencils and then add inspirational stickers right away.  Here’s how we did it:

Materials Needed:
Water color paper, cut into small pieces that will fit, unfolded, into your prayer box.
Water color pencils
Thin paintbrushes and small dishes of water
Bible Journaling stamps (we used “Pray without ceasing” to fit our theme)
Black ink

Instructions:

  1. Use the water color pencils to color in the background of each piece of paper.  We used mostly stripes, with some on an angle.  IMG_20180123_100343891
  1. Turn the backgrounds into water color backgrounds using the small brushes and dishes of water.  Start with the lightest colors and move towards the darkest colors, washing out your brush in the water in between colors.  Allow to dry completely.  IMG_20180126_084222948.jpg
  1. Stamp the Bible Journaling saying over the top of the background using black, or another dark or complementary color of ink. Allow to dry completely.  IMG_20180124_104706040
  1. Place in your prayer boxes. The next time that you want to “pray without ceasing,” write your prayer on the back of these pretty cards!

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you that you are always ready to listen to us, and that we are able to pray without ceasing.  Help us to rejoice in this gift of prayer always.  In your name we pray, Amen.