Dig in at Home – 22 March 2020

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23 March, 2020

Lost and Found


Read: Luke 15:1-3 & 11-32


Here’s what happens…

In this parable, Jesus gives us a picture of God by telling a story of a father with two sons. One son stays home with his father and tends the farm, while the other younger one goes off and squanders his inheritance. When the younger one returns, he is welcomed with open arms, despite his previous behaviour. The reason the father gives for his response is, “he once was lost, but now is found”.  


Watch: The Prodigal Son


Talk About…

  • Have you ever found something precious that was lost? Did you celebrate, and how?
  • Choose a character and identify what they might have been thinking and feeling at each point of this story?
  • Which character do you most identify with?
  • Which role do you think God plays in this story?
  • Do you know someone who is lost, that you could welcome home?
  • What do you think God is saying to you through this? What are you going to do about it?


Things to Do… (use these as suggestions – choose a few, or do them all, add your own ideas and use your imagination)


Talking about Travel & Praying for the world

You will need: globe or atlas or access to Google Earth, paper or post it notes.

Discuss different places you have travelled to, starting with places near to home and progressively further away. As you talk about where you have been, and the vastness of the world, talk about the journey of the younger son in today’s story.

Talk about countries where there is trouble, fighting, sickness and people in need (There’ll be lots of opportunity to talk about the current pandemic here).

Talk about places you have never been or would never go to. Why?

Talk about what stories you have heard about local areas? What rumours and prejudices set some places as ‘no go’ areas? What would it take for you to journey into them?

Give each person some paper or post it notes and have them write prayers for people around the world. Point to areas on the map or stick the paper prayers over the countries on the globe. Continue this practice during the week as new information and news stories arise.


Playing out the story

You will need: puppets, toys or other objects from around the house that you can use to act out the story (think Dolls, Lego figurines, little people, stuffed toys, pegs with faces drawn on).

Retell the parable Jesus told using objects to act the story out. Give everyone an opportunity to participate and tell or play a part in the story.

As you play, talk about how each of the characters might have felt. Talk about the love the father in the story showed and how God gives us all that kind of generous love.


My House

You will need: Building blocks (Lego or Duplo are great but wooden blocks or Jenga pieces will also work well. If you have no blocks, you could use cardboard boxes or toilet roll, use your imagination).

Build a house (all together or individually)

While building, talk about different houses, homes and families. What is the same at your place to others? What is different at your place to others?


Going on a Journey Relay game

You will need: two empty suitcases and two piles of clothes and objects you might take on holiday. A large enough space that two teams can safely run a relay.

Make 2 teams and line up at as for a relay race with suitcases at one end, and pile of things at the other end.

Starting with empty suitcases, the first person in each team makes their way to the pile of things, fills their suitcase with them and brings it back.

The next person takes the full suitcase and empties it on to the pile where it was before, then takes the empty suitcase back to the team.

Repeat for the whole team.

Talk about what it was like to have a full suitcase, and to have to bring it home empty. How might the younger son have felt when he returned home with nothing after leaving with much?


Picnic Party

You will need: food and items for a picnic or party

In the parable, the son returns home and his father throws a party. For lunch (or dinner) today, set up a bit of a party or picnic atmosphere. Make it as special as you can using what you already have at home (think tablecloths, candles, special cutlery and crockery). Sit together, say grace and connect as a family over the meal. Talk about your day/week and let everyone share and know that they are loved.



Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

(Take turns saying a line, or paragraph of this prayer as a communal prayer of praise and thanksgiving – you could also use this as grace for the picnic party – and for meal times during the week. Why not write it out and stick it on the fridge or pantry door so you can see it during the week.)


Generous God,

we give thanks and praise,

for the food on our table,

for family who care for us,

for friends who encourage us,

for those who inspire us

to dream our dreams.


Generous God,

whose grace is poured out upon us,

whose mercy overwhelms us,

whose forgiveness is granted to us,

even when we don’t deserve it,

we come to you in humility and joy.


Generous God,

you look out for us,

even when we are far away from home.

You show patience and understanding

when we are fickle and reckless.

You rejoice with us,

when we recognise

our dependence upon you.


Bless our families,

our workmates,

our friends,

our fellow believers,

that we might praise your name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Material adapted from Spill the Beans, Issue 7, Lent 4 © 2013 Spill the Beans Resource Team www.spillbeans.org.uk

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