FAMILY FAITH AT HOME 2/4/18

by Lori Robinson

Categories: Children's Ministry

The week of February 4th – During the month of February, your family will focus on the virtue of kindness. Each week you will gather together and reflect on God’s kindness and the ways you can be kind to yourself and to others. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

February Virtue              Kindness: showing others they are valuable by how you treat them

What is a virtue?             A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.

GATHER                               together in prayer

LISTEN                                   through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos 

RESPOND                            to what you have heard

ACT                                          in service to what God is calling you to

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

GATHER

Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:

Gracious God,

Give us a passion

for being kind

towards ourselves,

towards others,

and towards all of your creation.

Be with us,

we pray,

and help us to be ever mindful

that our acts of kindness

– no matter how small –

spread your love

in the world. Amen.

LISTEN                                                                                

Have one person in your family read Mark 10:13-16.

This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+10%3A13-16+&version=NRSV

Then watch the YouTube video entitled “Kindness Through Their Eyes” via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7YW9cMQrw0

RESPOND

What is kindness? Our virtue definition says that “kindness is showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.”  In the Bible reading for this week, families with children have come to see Jesus. But Jesus’ disciples aren’t happy that there are children in the crowd.  The disciples attempt to stop the children from approaching Jesus. But Jesus stops them.  Jesus shows the children how valuable they are by treating them with honor, inviting them to come to him – even when the adults want to send the children away.  How do you think this makes the children feel?  How does it make the adults feel?  How does it make Jesus feel?

ACT

Talk as a family about how your children feel they are treated by the adults around them including teachers, coaches, and group leaders.  Do the children in your family feel valued? What can you as a family do to show kindness at home?  What can you as a family do to show kindness to other children?  Pick one act of kindness to do this week for a child.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Food for Thought

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.  – Henry James

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

 I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

 Jesus said “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”  – Mark 10:14 (Bible)