Jesus Forgives and Heals

Each time your child takes a Bible Quest in Guardians of Ancora, there’s a collection of activities, games and things to make and do together, all of which extend and expand the in-game fun beyond the app. Look through this collection and choose one or more ideas to help your family discover more about ‘Jesus Forgives and Heals’.

Here are some great questions to start you chatting about any Bible Quest:

  • What sort of thing has this Bible Quest reminded you of, that you knew before?
  • What new things have you discovered, as you’ve played this Bible Quest?
  • Is there anything you’re going to keep thinking about, from the Quest?

New activity ideas are added for each Bible Quest, as well several collections of activities about prayer, stories and so on. Look out for more Family Activity downloads, as your child plays more Bible Quests.

A quick introduction to spiritual styles

Family activities from Guardians of Ancora are devised to inspire varied ways of knowing God:  four distinct avenues for connecting with him through word, emotion, symbol, and action. These ‘spiritual styles’ are broad approaches to spirituality and faith, through which children experience God and make sense of their lives in the world around them.

If you want to find out more about spiritual styles, this article is a helpful introduction to a fascinating topic:

http://www.faithformationlearningexchange.net/uploads/5/2/4/6/5246709/saturation_spirituality-creating_environmentsthatnurtureallchildren_-_csinos.pdf

Para-words

Bible link

Luke 5:17–26

What you need:

a dictionary

What you do:

Lots of English words begin with “para-”. After reading the Bible story of how Jesus treats a “paralysed” person (a man who could not walk), suggest to your child that they see how many other “para-” words they can think of.

You could keep a list on the fridge and add to it over time, making it a household project.

When they can’t think of any more, suggest that your child checks a dictionary, to add to the  list and maybe learn some new words.

In the original language of the Bible (an ancient form of Greek) the word for the paralysed person is παραλυμενος (“paralumenos”). It’s the word we get our English word “paralysed” from.

This activity will interest children with a word-centred approach to knowing God.

What do you expect?

Bible link

Luke 5:17–26

What you do:

When a sick person “drops in” on Jesus, everyone expects Jesus to do something about his illness.

Ask your child something like: “What would you expect Jesus to do when the sick man appeared through the roof?”

Jesus surprises everyone, and focuses on something else. “You’re forgiven,” says Jesus. In other words, he is saying: “God’s got nothing against you.”

In the time of the Bible, most people thought that being sick was a sign that you were a bad person, and that God was punishing you. Even today some people ask, “What have I done to deserve this?” Jesus doesn’t buy into that idea at all.

Take the opportunity to reassure your child that bad things, like sickness, aren’t a sign of God being against someone. Jesus sees the paralysed person as a person, not a problem.

This activity will encourage children with an emotion-centred approach to knowing God.

Stretcher-bearing

Bible link

Luke 5:17–26

What you need:

a large soft toy

a blanket or similar

What you do:

Suggest to your child that you have some fun as a family or with some friends testing out how hard it is to carry someone on a stretcher.

Use the largest teddy/soft toy that you have, or make a simple “crash test dummy” with some old towels and string. Find a large sheet of heavy card or an old blanket or tablecloth to use as the “stretcher”.

Let your child design an obstacle course that the “crash test dummy” must be carried through.

Pair up and in your pairs each take an end each of the “stretcher”. Have someone be a time-keeper and record how quickly each each pair can safely carry the “crash test dummy” through the obstacle course.

Chat about how determined the man’s friends were to carry him to get help. In the Bible story, Jesus was impressed by the faith of the friends. They didn’t give up on the man.

This story can help us think about our own friendships. Sometimes friendship needs a bit of determination. Perhaps your child has a friendship that needs some determination at the moment, or perhaps this is something to save for later when a friendship gets tough. Encourage your child to talk to God about their friendships.

This activity will motivate children with an action-centred approach to knowing God.

Freeze!

Bible link

Luke 5:17–26

What you do:

Whatever you’re doing, stop. Be absolutely still while someone slowly counts to ten!

Imagine you’re not able to move. You can’t move at all – your arms and legs won’t work. Think about how you would manage getting up in the morning, going to the bathroom, eating, playing or working. Would you sometimes feel that God didn’t care for you?

Read Luke 5:17–26 together. How did the four friends help the man who could not walk?

How could your family show God’s love and care to people who are sick or disabled? Think of three ways now. Write them down and see if you can do them!

This activity will encourage children with an emotion-centred approach to knowing God.


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