Cultivate Family Faith-On-The-Go Sampler
Cultivate faith is the small daily and weekly faith steps with children that leads to big faith. The focus is to help families grow and develop spiritual practices and daily habits to cultivate faith in their own lives and the lives of their children, even in the mess and the chaos of a busy schedule. Here are a few ideas. Your family will discover within your own daily practices and routines, ways to connect scripture to real-life events on your faith journey into amazing Jesus stories.
Needed: Planting kit, water, yard with trees, your daily rhythms, and habits and lots of love.
Family Faith Together: As you open your Learn Project Grow package, say, “Look at this seed…it’s very tiny. Planting a seed reminds me of Jesus’ Parable, or special story in the Bible. It’s about a tiny mustard seed “. In the book of Mark 4:30-32 (Common English Bible) it says, “30 He continued, “What’s a good image for God’s kingdom? What parable can I use to explain it?
31 Consider a mustard seed. When scattered on the ground, it’s the smallest of all the seeds on the earth; 32 but when it’s planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all vegetable plants. It produces such large branches that the birds in the sky are able to nest in its shade.”
Bible Background: Jesus helped people understand God’s kingdom. He compared it to simple things that people could understand. They had experienced the hopeful moments when planting a tiny seed and experienced the harvest that came later. A mustard seed is very tiny, and it grows into a huge bush that can be homes for many birds to nest. This was a small beginning that would lead to great things. Jesus said his Kingdom was a different kind of Kingdom, not with Kings and Queens, castles, and armies, but a Kingdom that looked like heaven. Remember the words he taught us in the Lord’s Prayer? “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:9-14)
Cultivate Faith Talk (Preschool-Early Elementary)
- I wonder what kind of large plants we see in our yard or people’s gardens? How did they grow so big?
- I wonder if I’m growing like the tiny seed? What do we need to grow bigger?
- I wonder if our plant will begin to grow in a week? Do we need to water it?
- I wonder if there are many animals and birds that gather on those branches? Let’s name some.
- I wonder how the trees sound when they are full of God’s creatures? It’s like music to our ears.
- I wonder if the many branches are spaces for the birds to build many nests?
- I wonder if God loves to hear our many voices in His kingdom here on earth? Would he like his kingdom of musicians to grow here on earth?
Cultivate Faith Talk (Elementary and Older)
- What do you think this story is about? I wonder how we can grow our faith and share faith with our friends?
- I wonder what small steps we’ve taken to grow closer to God?
- Why do you think this parable is important?
- I wonder what this scripture has to do with my life?
- When would be a good time to remember this story?
Faith-On-The-Go This Week-Let’s Notice & Experience (All Ages):
- When you are walking in your yard, or the park notice the bushes, grass, and trees. Count the number of birds, insects, and other creatures you see.
- I wonder which plants are homes to the insects, birds, and animals you see?
- Notice, which plants provide food for the creatures in your neighborhood?
- When you are watering and fertilizing your plants, think about what we do to grow our faith. (Church, Bible reading, helping others, being kind, etc.). Are we helping to build the kingdom of God, one step at a time?
- How many branches are on one tree in your yard? I wonder how many birds can sit in that tree?
- Think about how we are all growing. What can we do now that we couldn’t do a year ago?
- If you make a Chef-Boyardee Pizza from the kit, or bread watch how the dough rises in the bowl when you cover it and let it sit for 20 minutes. What happens? Is there more dough to create your pizza? Do you need to add water to the mix? How is making the dough like cultivating and growing our faith?
- When cooking a big meal, are there many small steps and ingredients that are needed? Wow, this meal can serve so many people. How is the meal like the parable? Are there small steps we are taking to grow our faith at home?
- If you play a sport or an instrument, did you need to take small steps in learning your skills over time? I wonder how learning a sport or an instrument is like the small seed that grows into a large bush?
Prayers and Blessings:
Sing this prayer to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me” and/or pray The Lord’s Prayer.
(I wonder which words in the prayers remind me of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?)
Little seeds and prayers start small. Soon they grow to very tall. Prayers are special and lots of fun. God is listening to everyone.
Yes, God is listening
Yes, God is listening
Yes, God is listening
To prayers from everyone.
(Place your hand on your child’s shoulder as you bless) God give you good rest, and keep you growing stronger, wiser, and kinder
Always knowing how much you are loved. Amen.
MORNING BLESSINGS: (Place your hand on their shoulder as you bless with a tiny light in the room)
The Lord goes before you and will be with you all day and every day. God loves you and I love you. (Adapted from Deuteronomy 31:8)
How to Begin?
You may want to begin your faith walks with the Nightly Blessings and/or the Morning Blessings. In the end, all you simply need to do is invite Christ into your calendar, into each moment, and into each activity. These extraordinary moments become spaces for all of us to disciple our kids and grandkids in the faith. So, let’s allow God to do more with our time and in our daily rhythms and habits.
More resources and Faith-on-The-Go Devotions are updated weekly on this website: www.connectionaljourney.com