Family resources

Girl photographs something with her cameraCome and See invites new people to discover Christ and helps those with an established faith on their discipleship journey. It’s something for the local church and the whole community, including children and young people.

This year, we have developed materials for families. These are for families with primary aged children, but they should be accessible or adaptable for slightly younger or older children/young people. Through story, wondering questions, thoughtful prompts and accessible activities, the weekly family resources contained in this guide help busy families to carve out spaces and ways to encounter God and grow as disciples.

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Why the Lord’s Prayer?

All through the Bible we meet people who spent time with God and God spent time with them. We encounter God who walked, stood by, visited, appeared to, led, wrestled, blessed, saw, heard, gave, questioned, answered. Jesus himself went away on his own to be with God and pray. Jesus’ followers saw Jesus praying to his Father God, but they weren’t sure how they should pray. They asked Jesus about it and he gave them a model prayer to help. We call it The Lord’s Prayer.

One of the brilliant things about God is that we are invited to come to him any time, in any way, and at any place. Come and See for families invites everyone to try this out in different ways over five weeks. 

Tools for a lifelong journey

Children are not immune to the concerns of the world. Just like the rest of us they live and grow, laugh and cry, in a wonderfully amazing but imperfect world. And they see and experience danger, injustice and fear to some degree each day. It goes without saying that safeguarding is of paramount importance but in everyday relationships and occurrences we cannot (and often should not) wholly protect our children from the difficult aspects of life.

Our role as the grownups in the room is to do our bit enabling children to grow in empathy, resilience and wisdom. Working out how we each be kind, just and loving is the essence of a lifelong journey with God. Jesus gave us wonderful clues about this in his life, his stories and his teaching. This way of being believes that every person has a part to play in sharing God’s love for the world through their actions. During Come and See we will encourage you to notice children’s passions and desires, and (where possible and appropriate) to help them show God’s love in their actions and make a difference in the world.

How to journey with children

This is an adventure, an exploration, a journey. The next five weeks are not another set of facts to memorise and learn. We’re going to take a little time and space to connect with ourselves, each other, God and the world around us. Your household might like to journal or scrapbook this journey together. Documenting your journey through the materials each week is a great thing to do. Click the text bar below for our top tips on journeying with children.

Journeying with children (click here)

[The following information is also available as a PDF document that you can print out stick on the fridge.]

This is an adventure, an exploration, a journey. The next five weeks are not another set of facts to memorise and learn.

We’re going to take a little time and space to connect with ourselves, each other, God and the world around us.

It’s about noticing, wondering and questioning. Not all the questions we give you will have factual answers that you will know the answer to. That’s OK. Don’t fear children’s questions, instead explore them together by responding: ‘That’s a really good question, tell me what you think’, or ‘I wonder if…’, or ‘I’m not sure, but I notice

You can check with children if their questions are for wondering or if they need to know an answer. If they are ‘need to know’ and you don’t know an answer, enjoy the opportunity of working together to find out the answer in the Bible or online.

What we’re asking you to try during Come and See takes practice and it needs your patience. Keep things short and sweet. Encourage quiet times but don’t get cross if there isn’t silence. Toys or objects to hold can help. Also, show how and then invite children to lead your time together, it doesn’t matter how old they are! This is a together journey, so allow yourself to be led by them!

Use the Bible version or translation that is most accessible to everyone present. Use the full Bible text if you can1 . A storybook bible can be ok, but it is worth checking if it has all the story that you need! Is the Dwelling story included in the book? Important things are often left out from simplified versions, or an aspect of the story is emphasised in an unhelpful way.

Finding the right words (or the Lego brick)

For a person of any age, finding the words to describe spiritual experiences and connections can be very difficult. This is doubly challenging for children who have less vocabulary to begin with. So try not to push them to describe or tell, unless they really want to. You can suggest colouring, drawing, making, modelling (with Lego, wooden bricks, Playmobil, Minecraft or any natural materials) alongside using words to tell.

And remember that silence is also an appropriate response. Even when you are curious, allow the child to know that they can choose if and what they share. Assume they are wondering inside themselves. After all, we are inviting ourselves and the children to come close to the existential questions of life.

These are big wonderings and can need a lot (maybe even a lifetime) of reflection. So giving a verbal response quickly may not be possible for anyone! Keep coming back to it.

 


 

The journey so far


Page last updated: 30th March 2022 11:08 AM