Updated: Mar 25
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: Flash Card Prayers
Supplies: 3x5 index cards (or similarly sized substitute), pen/pencil
At the start of the week, give each family member a flash card. Ask them to write something that they want to pray to God about on a card. It can be one word, a phrase, or a sentence. The prayers can be something that we need help with, something for which we are thankful, or a moment of excitement or wonder at the world. (Help - Thanks - Wow!)
Put the cards in a stack in the middle of the table, and once a day take turns pulling a card and offering a prayer for the item on the card you pull.
Optional: place a blank set of cards next to the stack, so that people can add on other prayers throughout the week.
Story Time: Not Giving Up
Watch this video together and then use the discussion questions below to reflect as a family.
1) What obstacles did the people in this story face?
2) What does it mean to persevere?
3) Were either of the characters in the story able to solve the problem on their own?
4) Can you think of an obstacle or challenge that you are facing?
5) Who could help you? Is it something you would like to pray about?
Dinner Time: Conversation With God
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.
Dear God, We all face obstacles and challenges in our lives. Remind us that sometimes we need help to overcome them. Please be with us as we face them. Help us to be strong and to be brave. Remind us that we can ask you for help too.
1. Why do you think people pray to God? Why do you?
2. Where is your favorite place to pray?
3. What is something you have talked to God about recently?
4. Do you talk to God when you are facing hard challenges?
5. Let’s think of something that we want to talk to God about as a family...
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 18:1-8 (God’s Word, My Voice)
Jesus told his disciples a parable about always praying and never giving up. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who didn’t care about God or anybody, just did whatever he wanted. A widow kept coming to him saying, ‘I demand justice!’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘This woman is wearing me out. I don’t give a hoot about her, but to shut her up I’m going to give her what she wants.’” Jesus said, “Won’t God grant justice to those who cry to him day and night? Won’t God be on your side right away? I wonder, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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: