Dig in at Home - 1 March 2020

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29 February, 2020

The Lord’s Prayer

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

Here’s what happens…

Prayer was an important part of Jesus’ life on earth, and it is an important part of our lives too. Every good relationship depends on great communication and we must communicate with God if we want to grow our relationship with Him. Prayer is how we do this. Jesus showed his disciples – and us – how we should pray and how important prayer is.

The Lord’s Prayer may sound like a lot of fancy words, but it’s a very simple and to the point message that shows us what we should say when we pray. We should address God as our Father. We should praise God’s name. We should pray for God’s will to be done. We should pray for God to provide for our needs. And we should pray that God forgives our sins and helps us to forgive others.


Discuss and Watch “God’s Story: Prayer”

There’s no right or wrong way to start or finish. Prayer is simply communicating with God the way we would communicate with anyone else. Prayer is how we grow closer to God. We see the world through His eyes. We see our part in God’s plan, and we strive to serve Him better every day. Prayer is a daily need for a believer, and the more we pray, the stronger our relationship with the Lord will be.

There are many different parts of prayer as we see in the Lord’s prayer. The video also shows that Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield are part of prayer.

  • Which parts of the Lord’s prayer relate to each of these parts?
  • Which parts do you find easy? Which parts do you struggle with?
  • How can (or does) prayer help you grow closer to God?


Talk About…

  • Why did Jesus teach His disciples to pray?
  • When and where can we pray?
  • What are some things we shouldn’t do when we pray?
  • Can you think of any times or places where we shouldn’t pray? Why or why not?
  • Why is prayer an important part of our day?
  • How does prayer draw us closer to God?
  • Do we need to say special words when we pray?


Through the week

Find a copy of the Lord’s Prayer to print and hang at home, somewhere that you will see it often (if you need one, ask Jess).

Whenever you see it, take it as a reminder to pray… not only by saying the Lord’s Prayer, but taking to God whatever is on your heart, and listening to what God has to say to you.


Pray

Encourage each other to make prayer a daily habit, check in at the start and end of each day to see how you are doing.

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Holy Week Dig in at Home – Thursday 9 April 2020

Note: This week we will have a ‘Dig in at Home’ for each day of Holy Week. Each day’s resource will provide you with additional materials you can use to practice the FAITH5 - SHARE, READ, TALK, PRAY and BLESS – in your home during this special time.

Denied Three Times

SHARE

Your highs and lows

READ

Matthew 26:69-75 (you may also like to read Matthew 26:31-35 for context)

In this passage we read that Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed, just as Jesus had predicted.

TALK

- Have you ever had a friend act like they didn’t like or know you? How did that make you feel?

- Do you ever feel pressured to ignore or be mean to others? What do you do in these situations?

- How do you think Peter felt after the rooster crowed?

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?

- Who could you share this story with today? What will you tell them about it?

PRAY

Pray with and for each other – you could use the rainbow prayer as a guide.

Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

Other things to do…

Draw on stones

What you’ll need: rocks or stones, pens or chalk to draw on them.

Draw a symbol of today’s passage on your stone (it could be a crowing rooster or the words ‘I didn’t know him’)

Instead of using stones you could draw on bricks or your driveway or footpath or other paved area. You could even just cut up cardboard boxes or paper to make some ‘stones. There will be a new thing to draw on the stones each day of Holy Week, so see if you can find enough for the whole week. If you’re using your footpath, or paved area, you’ll have a mural at the end of the week.

Easter Mosaic

What you'll need: printout of Easter Mosaic (attached)

Tell the Easter Story using the Mosaic pieces.

Mosaic from https://www.strandz.org.nz/uploads/4/6/5/9/46590535/mosaic_resource.pdf

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Holy Week Dig in at Home – Wednesday 8 April 2020

Note: This week we will have a ‘Dig in at Home’ for each day of Holy Week. Each day’s resource will provide you with additional materials you can use to practice the Faith 5 - Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless – in your home during this special time.

In the Garden

SHARE

Your highs and lows

READ

Matthew 26: 36 – 46

In this passage we read that Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. While he was there, he prayed for God’s will to be done.

TALK

- Have you ever been sad and wanted support from family? Imagine that they fell asleep or were distracted instead of helping you. How would that make you feel?

- How can you be a helpful supporter for your family?

- How do you think Jesus might have felt when his disciples keep falling asleep?

- Why do you think it was so important for Jesus to pray at this time?

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?

- Who could you share this story with today? What will you tell them about it?

PRAY

Pray with and for each other – you could use the rainbow prayer as a guide.

Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

Other things to do…

Draw on stones

What you’ll need: rocks or stones, pens or chalk to draw on them.

Draw a symbol of today’s passage on your stone (it could be praying hands or garden or trees)

Instead of using stones you could draw on bricks or your driveway or footpath or other paved area. You could even just cut up cardboard boxes or paper to make some ‘stones. There will be a new thing to draw on the stones each day of Holy Week, so see if you can find enough for the whole week. If you’re using your footpath, or paved area, you’ll have a mural at the end of the week.

Play dough Jesus Prays

What you'll need: Play dough, printed and laminated play dough mat (attached) – you can do the activity without the mat if you want

Give each person a ball of play dough and the printed mat. Talk about the time that Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. Pray for others as you make play dough leaves to put on the tree. Talk about what it might have meant for Jesus to pray ‘God’s will be done’.

Play dough mat from http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2014/04/gethsemane-play-dough-mat-your-will-be.html

Make a prayer space

We read that Jesus often went into the garden or a solitary place to pray. Find or make a space in your house or garden that you can go to pray.

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Holy Week Dig in at Home – Tuesday 7 April 2020

Note: This week we will have a ‘Dig in at Home’ for each day of Holy Week. Each day’s resource will provide you with additional materials you can use to practice the Faith 5 - Share, Read, Talk, Pray and Bless – in your home during this special time.

The Last Supper

SHARE

Your highs and lows

READ

Matthew 26:17-30 or Watch The Story of Easter (The Last Supper) attached

TALK

- Talk about the elements of worship that you see in this passage. What elements do you see in worship when we celebrate and practice communion? Are there any the same? Different?

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?

- Who could you share this story with today? What will you tell them about it?

PRAY

Pray with and for each other – you could use the rainbow prayer as a guide.

Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

Other things to do…

Draw on stones

What you’ll need: rocks or stones, pens or chalk to draw on them.

Draw a symbol of today’s passage on your stone (it could be bread, cup, food, a table, people gathering together)

Instead of using stones you could draw on bricks or your driveway or footpath or other paved area. You could even just cut up cardboard boxes or paper to make some ‘stones. There will be a new thing to draw on the stones each day of Holy Week, so see if you can find enough for the whole week. If you’re using your footpath, or paved area, you’ll have a mural at the end of the week.

Play dough Last Supper

What you'll need: Play dough, printed and laminated play dough mat (attached) – you can do the activity without the mat if you want

Give each person a ball of play dough and the printed mat. Talk about the time that Jesus shared his last supper with his disciples. Talk about and make with play dough the things that might have been on the table that night including the bread and wine. Also talk about and make what is usually on your table at supper (dinner).

Play dough mat found at http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2014/03/last-supper-play-dough-mats.html

Make Unleavened bread

Recipe, method and discussion points can be found at https://methodistchildrencreativeministry.org/2017/03/31/last-supper-easy-flat-bread-recipe/

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