Researchers affirm what Christian families have known intuitively for years: Families that eat together, pray together and play together are stronger. But today’s crazy schedules and priorities make it more difficult for families to do this. So Focus on the Family has made it easier for you to invest a bit of time each week to have devotions with your family.
As you raise your children in the way they should go, find the time to enjoy the journey. To assist you, we've included a few activities to help you nurture your children's faith in fun ways.
The Question Box
It's never too early to get our kids thinking about the big questions of their faith. I filled a wooden box with cards that have challenging questions, such as "How do we know God exists?" "Is Jesus really God's Son?" and "Are all religions equally true?" Several cards have answers on the back, while others are more open-ended, requiring kids to think and discuss the topic. My 8-year-old already has a practiced defense for many areas of her faith.
YOU ARE A GRATITUDE DETECTIVE. Here’s your mission: Take these tickets to church. BE on the lookout, and CATCH people in the act of doing GOOD—maybe your pastor, teacher, a friend or the person who brings doughnuts. Then fill in the tickets, and give them to people in your church to let them know they're appreciated.
Learn how to sing "Jesus Loves Me" in English and Spanish. Listen to the children singing, following along with these lyrics:
Cristo me ama
Cristo me ama, bien lo sé,
Su Palabra me hace ver.
Que los niños son de aquel,
Quien es nuestro amigo fiel.
Chorus: Si, Cristo me ama; Si, Cristo me ama;
Si, Cristo me ama; La Biblia dice así.
—idea by Sarah Hilgendorf
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Join the Adventures in Odyssey team to teach about the Christian life. Devotions are set up to help encourage family conversation about your faith at mealtimes. In this excerpt download, you’ll get seven free family devotions from the Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions book.
Here is how each one is set up: After the title, read the Mealtime Prayer suggestion, and ask your children to pray it together. Then read the Appetizer. The Appetizer is just that — something to whet your appetite for more. Follow it with the Main Course. This contains the “meat” of the section. Once you’ve given your family something to chew on, it’s time for Table Talk. These challenging questions will help your kids think about what they’ve learned and explain how to digest it for their daily lives. Finally, end with Vitamins and Minerals — a Bible verse that relates to the day’s reading and discussion.
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Planting seeds of biblical truth
In this free download, you’ll get 52 weeks of family devotions that you can start today! Each one contains faith-affirming biblical principles that will help you do what no one else in this world will ever do as well as you: build a lasting, thriving faith in God into your children’s rel="noopener noreferrer" hearts.
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More faith-building activities
Are you looking for more faith-filled activities that you can do with your kids? Each summer and each Christmas, Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine creates summer activities and Advent readings that families can do together.
Learn more about the most recent summer fun activities.
Learn more about the most recent Advent calendar readings and activities.