In this time of physical distancing and spending more and more time at home, now more than ever, home is becoming the center for nurturing our faith lives.
Faith 5 is a wonderful 5-step process that can lead to deep, meaningful conversation gathered around the family dinner table or as part of bedtime routine or as a break from computer or screen time. For those living alone, Faith 5 can also be adapted for use over the phone or through email.
SHARE your highs and lows What gives you joy? What brings you challenge?
READ a Bible verse or story* What do you notice? What gets your attention?
(see suggestions below)
TALK about it How does this reading connect with daily life? What insights do we gain about who God is and who we are called to be as God’s people?
PRAY for one another These prompts may be helpful:
Thank you God for. . . .
Dear God, please help. . . .
BLESS one another Make the sign of the cross, touching or not
touching, while saying something like:
NAME, you are a beloved child of God. OR
NAME, you are in God’s hands. OR
Make up something new each time.
Blessings as you engage in some faithful and faith-filled, home-based conversations.
*Suggested Bible readings:
- The Psalms are a great place to start. Try Psalm 8, 23, 27, 28, 34, 46, 51, 62, 91, 100, 103, 121, 139 or any others.
- Two of the shortest books of the Bible are great reads: Jonah and Ruth (try reading a chapter at a time)
- Lent is a great time of the year to read the story of God using Moses to deliver God’s people – find that in Exodus chapters 1-15
- At only 16 chapters, the Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the gospels. An added bonus is that the midweek students in grades 6-8 have been reading through Mark this year, so this could make for some great conversations with those students.
- The book of Acts is a great adventure story! Read a chapter at a time and learn about shipwrecks, a dramatic release from jail, and so much more.