Finding God in Everyday Life
Finding God in Daily Life for Adults
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and to discern his direction for us. Take a few minutes to reflect on your day with these five questions.
Finding God in Daily Life for Children
Take a few minutes before bedtime to guide children in reflecting on their day using these questions. Begin by quieting the children before bedtime.
Discovering the Sacred in Your Family Life: The FAITH5
FAITH5™ (Faith Acts In The Home) is a simple, easy-to-implement faith practice, perfect for incorporating into your bedtime routine for five to fifteen minutes a night. When done over time, the FAITH5™ carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding, aid sleep, and promote mental, physical and spiritual health. The five steps are:
Finding God in Photos
Where do you find God in the world around you? Do you encounter God in nature, in the people around you, in a church, in the beauty of the arts, the disciplines of science, or the mundane moments of daily life? All of these are places where we can experience God’s presence and grace.
Each day take a photo (or more) that evokes the presence of the divine. Have every family member share their photos in the evening at dinner or bedtime, and tell everyone how the photo helped them see God in their day.
Reading the Bible
Living Well: Reading the Bible
Discover how to read the Bible as parents and as a family. Use the variety of activities in his chapter from Living Well to help your family begin or strengthen the practice of reading the Bible at home. Download the chapter below.
Catholic Children's Bible (St. Mary's Press)
Children's Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells that Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David, every story points to a Child. The one upon whom everything would depend… There are lots of stories in the Bible. But all the stories are telling one big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves the one who is at the center of God’s great rescue story — and at the center of their story, too.
Bible Stories for Children
Children: 0-1 Years Old
Children: 1 and 2 Years Old
Children: 3 and 4 Years Old
Children: 5 and 6 Years Old
Children: 7 and 8 Years Old
Children: 9 and 10 Years Old
Children's Versions of Bible Stories by Sharla Guenther
The Bible App for Kids
Parents can stream or download 30-minute Bible App for Kids video episodes! And download other free companion resources like coloring pages and activity sheets. Go to: bibleappforkids.com/parents/videos
Download the Bible App for Kids for free: www.bible.com/kids.
Two-Year Curriculum for Churches
During early childhood, kids really can learn relevant Bible truths. Each of the 23 units, which last for one month, teaches engaging Bible stories that transfer to everyday application. This curriculum is fully integrated with YouVersion's Bible App for Kids, so your little ones can fall in love with Jesus in church and at home. Go to: bibleappforkids.com/free-childrens-curriculum
Old Testament Heroes: 5-Minute Family Devotional
We can learn so much from the heroes of the Bible! Some of them are unlikely heroes – ordinary and flawed people who God uses in extraordinary ways to move forward His great plan. This video devotional plan will uncover some of your favorite Bible characters and encourage you to see how God worked through them – and think about how God is working through you! Each devotional includes a Bible verse, video clip, discussion questions and a prayer prompt. Each devotional also has a companion blog post with a coloring page as well as more ideas for discussion and prayer.
To watch, click on a devotional title below:
Character Quest with Clive and Ian is a series of 5 Minute Family Devotionals. These 12 devotionals will help you teach your kids all about 12 important character traits from the Bible - from generosity to courage to compassion and more. Each devotional includes a memory verse, video, discussion questions and prayer prompt about that day’s character trait.
Learning the Christian Faith
Ten Commandment Magnets
Introduce the Ten Commandments to children by making a magnet to illustrate the relationship described in each commandment. This can help children understand that the Commandments are not simply a list of do's and don'ts, but a gift from God that shows us how to live in relationship with God and one another. Go to Vibrant Faith at Home for the instructions and worksheet.
Church Scavenger Hunt
Take a closer look at the spaces in your church. The more you and your child(ren) feel at home in your church, the more you'll enjoy being there. Go to Vibrant Faith at Home for the instructions and worksheet.
I L-O-V-E G-O-D
Parents introduce their toddlers to a world filled with letters, numbers, and other foundational education tools. Use the flashcards below to engage your child and family in learning the foundational language of faith. Go to Vibrant Faith at Home for the instructions and worksheet.
Stand Up for Others
One way to serve others is to stand up for them. As you explore the Bible story of the Good Samaritan, discover ways you can stand up for someone in need at school, on the playground, or in your neighborhood. Go to Vibrant Faith at Home for the instructions and worksheet.
Meal Prayers for All Occasions
Serving Others in Need
Assemble Promise Packs for Refugees
Children fleeing violence need our help today! Millions are escaping the violence to see refuge in neighboring countries, yet lack access to basic necessities.
Together with World Vision, we will be building Promise Packs for children in countries impacted by the refugee crisis. Promise Packs are filled with personal care items, a blanket, school supplies, and a note of encouragement. These items provide comfort and care for vulnerable children.