Week of July 28, 2019: Persistence and Prayer (Ages 0-4)

Updated: Mar 25


Faith To Go Podcast: Asking, Searching, Knocking . . . and Waiting

Hosted each week by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine, Maya Little-Sana and Charlette Preslar, the Faith To Go Podcast highlight themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.



Activity Time: Make Anglican Prayer Beads

Supplies: string, beads


Learn how to make Anglican Prayer beads. This is a tangible more hands on way to learn how to pray!


Story Time: How Do We Pray

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


Discussion Questions:

1)I wonder what people you have heard about praying in the Bible.

2)I wonder what prayer is.

3) I wonder if you know how to pray.

4) I wonder if you recognize this prayer Jesus is teaching.

5) I wonder if you have a favorite prayer.


Dinner Time: When To Pray

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


Questions 0-4 years old


1. I wonder what companies have interesting/cool/funny logos.

2. I wonder if they have a slogan or saying to go with their logo.

3. I wonder when Jesus wants us to pray.

4. I wonder what sorts of things you can pray about.

5. I wonder how Jesus wants us to use prayer.


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.

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say:


Father, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

And do not bring us to the time of trial."


And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.' And he answers from within, `Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.' I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.


"So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"


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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