Faith To Go Podcast: Listening and Doubting
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: Sheep in Jesus’ Hands
Supplies: cotton balls, glue, paper, markers, scissors
Have the children trace their hand and cut out the hand. Glue cotton balls inside the hand with little black hooves below the cotton balls to represent sheep. Print Bible verse John 10:29 all around the fingers of the traced hand!
Activity adapted from Sermons4kids
Story Time: Gospel Reading and Reflection
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
1) What is confidence?
2) Are you confident?
3) Why is confidence important?
4) How can you help your friends grow confidence?
5) Who is someone in your life that has confidence?
Dinner Time: Yo-yo
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.
Alleluia! You have risen! Alleluia!
It is a mystery.
You were nailed on a cross.
They put you in a tomb and sealed the door.
It is a mystery.
The tomb is now empty.
You are alive.
Death is nothing to you.
It is a mystery.
You have opened a door for me.
Continue to show me the way to God.
Help me remember the joy of this day.
Alleluia! You have risen. Alleluia!
1. Do you know how to do any tricks with a yo-yo?
2. What does a yo-yo do? Where does it start and where does it end?
3. What do you think it means that Jesus has his followers in his palm?
4. How does Jesus know that you want to be in his palm?
5. How can we show others what it means to be in Jesus’ palm?
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.
Jesus was in the temple with people gathered around him. Somebody asked him, “So how long are you going to keep us in suspense? Just tell us already if you are the Messiah or not.” Jesus answered, “But I have told you, and you don’t believe me. Everything I do in my Father’s name shows you that I am the Messiah. You don’t believe because you don’t belong to me. Those who belong to me hear my voice and know who I am. I know them and they follow me. I give them life that never ends. No one can take them away from me. The Father has given me these sheep. The Father and I are working on this together.”
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: