The BEST IDEAS for your family faith at home this Summer

I’m a strong believer in the uniqueness of every family, and that you need to find things which work for your family in the the season you’re currently in.   However, that doesn’t mean you need hundreds of ideas, so I’ve made a a list of suggestions for you to choose the BEST idea for your family from depending on … Read more

Sand sorry

Use sand as a tactile way to explore forgiveness. Take it in turns to write or draw something in the sand of a sand tray which you are sorry for. Encourage each person to say sorry to God and ask Him to forgive them. This could be silently as they draw or write or spoken … Read more

Fruit salad prayer

prayer with fruit

Have fun thanking God with fruit! Choose four different types of fruit and make them in a chunky fruit salad. Easy options are strawberries, raspberries, grapes and blueberries. For a more sticky and use-immediately salad, you could add kiwi, banana, pear, or melon (and make sure you have wipes or a bowl of water handy!). … Read more

Location inspired Bible

Are you on the beach?

Lots of us are more likely to go to different places at this time of year, so why not use places you go to as inspiration for your Bible exploration? Choose a place you plan to visit soon and explore a Bible story related to it. It doesn’t have to be a different country, just … Read more

Fruity prayer

Have fun choosing and preparing fruit. If possible, arrange to visit a pick your own farm to pick it first! Look for suitable moments during the preparation to help everyone reflect on what fruit they like and why, and to tell god about this, thanking him for his brilliant creations. Open ended questions are good … Read more

Seed prayers

Do you love watching seeds grow? Why not link this with praying for something to grow? A fun and satisfying seedling to watch is a sunflower. Fill a toilet tube inner with compost or soil then place one seed on the top. Sprinkle about 5mm soil on top of the seeds and water it. Place … Read more

Long stories for long summer days

I love using the seasons in our faith at home. This is fairly easy in the run up to Christmas and Easter, and in the Autumn we celebrate the Biblical feasts. However, between Pentecost and October, there’s a dearth of significant markers. However, the natural ‘calendar’ is often useful, and in the summer our days … Read more

Inside Out – A film for transition

Last Friday we had a Movie Morning. We stayed in our pjs, set up chairs and cosy blankets in the lounge and ate waffles while we watched Inside Out. It was 10 days until we moved house, and I wanted to watch this film with my children so that we could chat about some of … Read more

Faith at home in the summer holidays

What word would you choose to describe summer holidays? Wonderful? Relaxing? Memory-making? Long? Stressful? Childcare? Expensive? Exhausting? Whatever the age of our children and our unique blend of work and childcare, summer holidays change our daily lives. Our routines are different, our goals are different, and we face challenges which don’t exist during term time. … Read more

Picture Bible story treasure hunt

Inspired by a enthusiastic hunt for ‘fairy doors’ at Ripley Castle, I thought I’d have another go at a Bible story treasure hunt but this time use pictures. This one takes a little prep but is really flexible and so could be made to work for any age of children or adults. My children are 3 … Read more

Bubbles blessing

This is a a great way to pray with people of all ages, including very young children. Get out the bubbles and say that they represent the blessings of God, that is, all the good things in our lives, as the Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). I … Read more

Story stones

These are usually used to inspire children to invent stories, but I’ve found they can also be used to let them choose Bible stories to explore and engage with the stories. It’s an activity which can be done at any time of year, but we’ve done it on not-so-warm days when I don’t want to … Read more