Week of July 23, 2018: Time Apart (Ages 0-4)

Faith To Go Podcast: Setting Time Aside

Hosted each week by the Faith Formation team at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Jackie Pippin, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your conversations throughout the week.

Activity Time: Work Out

Supplies: You could use a whistle, cones, work-out clothes.

Set up a work out activity for your kids. This could involve obstacle courses, running exercises, or stretching.

Talk about how taking care of our body and taking time for ourselves is just as important taking time to tend to others in our community. When we take care of ourselves, we can do a better job taking care of others.

Story Time: Gospel Reading and Reflection

Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.

Discussion Questions:

1) I wonder what self-care is.

2) I wonder who you are responsible for.

3) I wonder what self-care helps with.

4) I wonder what is something that makes you feel better.

5) I wonder how self-care makes you nicer and better for the rest of your day.

Dinner Time: Setting Time Apart

Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this week’s topic with your family while you eat.

Prayer- The days are getting longer.

Keep your Spirit in my heart and mind

during this growing season.

Be with me as I finish the school year,

participate in summer activities,

enjoy the gift of summer turning into fall.

Help me recognize your works in all that I do

at work,

at rest,

and at play,

So that I can give thanks for all you provide,

even without my even asking.


-Call On Me: A Prayer Book for Young People


  1. I wonder what you have to do to be a Christian.

  2. I wonder what are the main things you have to believe to be a Christian.

  3. I wonder what ‘self-care’ means.

  4. I wonder how you take care of yourself.

  5. I wonder how you balance taking care of others and taking care of yourself.

Bedtime: Reflections for Children at the End of the Day

During your bedtime routine, invite your children into a time of reflection about their day, maybe by saying, "Did you know that God really wants to know what happened in your day today, and that God is always listening whenever you need to tell God something?" Then continue with these questions:

1) What are some things that happened today that you want to tell God about?

2) What is one happy thing that happened today? What is one sad thing that happened today?

3) Did you see God or feel God with you when those things were happening? Where did you see or feel God when those things happened today?

4) Read to your children this week’s scripture selection, then ask the questions that follows.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them,” You’ve been busy. Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and have a rest.”

They had been so busy, sometimes they forgot to eat. They got into a boat and found a place where there was no one else around. Or at least that’s what they thought. Some people saw where the boat landed and ran from the towns just to see them. When Jesus saw how many people were there, hungry for God’s Word and God’s healing, his heart hurt for them. He could tell they were like sheep who didn’t have a shepherd. So he sat down and began to teach them God’s Word. People brought their sick friends on mats to wherever they heard Jesus was. Wherever he went, in cities, or on farms, or in marketplaces, people begged Jesus to touch them and heal them. All who touched the hem of his coat were healed.

-God’s Word, My Voice: A Lectionary for Children

Did the story remind you of anything that happened in your day today?

5) What are some things that you want to tell God that you are grateful for today?

Share some of your conversations in the comments below:



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