Family Activities – Week 12

-Peace is an abstract concept. You can help your family understand peace by providing sensory experiences. Play peaceful music. Set up a cozy place with pillows for snuggling. Serve a warm drink like warm cider or hot chocolate. Share the story in this environment or Advent devotions for the week.

-Encourage your family to close their eyes and imagine a peaceful (or favorite) place for them. Maybe it’s a sunny day or maybe it’s by water. Maybe it’s sitting under a tree or lying on the grass. Keep that image in your mind. A gentle breeze is blowing across your face. Big, white, puffy clouds float in the sky. What shape do you see in your imaginary cloud? What quiet animal sounds to you hear? What other things do you see in your imaginary world of peace? Our story today tells us about God’s peaceful world.

-Ask your family to think about what their own peaceful world would look like? Some ideas might get a little bit silly such as, “Only have candy and desserts to eat.” Have some fun!

-Talk about things in our world today that are not peaceful. Remind your family that in God’s world, there is truly nothing but peace. Are there things that you can do to try and bring peace to others? We cannot solve all the non-peaceful things in our world, but there are things that we can do. One thing that we can all do is pray! Another way we can bring peace is by caring for creation. Talk about ways that you are already doing this and ways that you can try to do.

-Julia “Butterfly” Hill lived in a 200 foot tall ancient redwood tree for 2 years to save it from being cut down. She spent day and night being a peacemaker for God’s creation. Julia said, “Here I can be the voice and face of this tree, and for the whole forest that can’t speak for itself.” Visit her website at www.circleoflifefoundation.org

 

DUE TO THE WEATHER AND CONTINUED RAIN IN THE FORECAST OUTDOOR WORSHIP IS CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 at 7PM