Updated: Mar 25
Hosted by the Faith To Go team in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, David Tremaine and Charlette Preslar, and joined the each week by a special guest, the Faith To Go Podcast highlights themes from the Sunday Gospel reading for you to take into your faith discussions and reflections throughout the week.
Activity Time: My Super Power
Supplies: paper, markers, crayons
Jesus taught us a lot of really important things like how to be kind to each other, help people who are hurt. As a family, brainstorm some of the super powers Jesus used in doing his ministry. Talk about how it is our job to be more like Jesus. Ask each family member to decide which of Jesus’ super powers they would want most (kindness, mercy, justice, peace, etc). Then have each family member design a superhero outfit that would reflect that super power.
Story Time: Superheroes and Super Powers
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family. (Please watch this video from 0:00 to 2:10. That is the substance for the conversation.)
1. Who is your favorite superhero?
2. What super powers do you think are cool?
3. What do you think makes a good superhero?
4. Jesus was a different kind of superhero. What do you think made him special?
5. How could we be more like Jesus?
Dinner Time: Gifts We've Received
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.
Round this table, here to pray
First we thank you for the day
For our family and our friends
Gifts of grace that heaven lends
Living water, daily bread
Countless blessings our God sends
Thank you, Jesus, for them all
For the great ones and the small
When we're happy, when we're sad
On the good days and the bad
We are grateful, we are glad
- Mary Fairchild 2018
1. What are some gifts you have received?
2. What is something that Mommy or Daddy did for you today that made you smile?
3. Why do you think they do nice things for you?
4. What things does God give us? What things did Jesus do for us?
5. Why do you think they did those things?
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 23:33-43 (God’s Word, My Voice)
When they came to the place they call The Skull, they nailed Jesus to a wooden cross and left him there to die. There were criminals with him, one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them because they don’t know what they’re doing.” The soldiers drew straws to see who got to keep his clothes. Some people stood there to watch him die, but the leaders who put him there said, “If he’s the Savior, why can’t he save himself? Some Messiah he is!” The soldiers mocked him, too, giving him sour wine to drink, saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a sign over his head that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals hanging there with him made fun of him. But the other defended Jesus, saying, “If I were you I’d shut up. You and I are getting what we deserve, but this man Jesus has done nothing wrong. Leave him alone.” Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus said, “For sure you will be with me today in Paradise.”
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?
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