Posts tagged Family

Advent Family 4: Watching Mary again!

On Friday 20th some of our families gathered again at St Agnes for our final Advent group. Again, we took the same theme as the adults and considered Mary. We began by lighting the 4 Advent candles on our wreath and thought about the previous weeks: We have arrived at the last week of Advent [...]

The Elder Son: Family Lent Group 3.

We began our third family session by talking about a scene from “The Lion King” when Mufasa confronts Scar. Scar is resentful because he has lost his place a heir to the throne with the birth of Simba. He will never be king now. Scar was like the elder son in the parable of the [...]

The Prodigal Son: Leaving home

Here is the text of the story we used in our first family session. Jesus told a story about a father who had two sons. The younger son didn’t like being at home. He didn’t really hear when his father told him he loved him by providing him with the food he ate. He was [...]

Family Lent Group 1

The 15th February saw the first of our Family Lent group at St Agnes. As the adults are using Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”, the children are going to be using the story of the prodigal son to investigate some of the themes of Lent. We began by looking at two things [...]

Lent course.

The Adult group this Lent will be based on Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A story of homecoming,” published by Darton, Longman and Todd. There will be materials provided at all the group sessions but the book is so good, I suggest that  adults intending to do the course might want to [...]

Love: Family Advent Group 4

This Friday was our final Family Advent group. The structure, like the adults’ group, only had one main activity and allowed more time for the children to investigate our theme of Love. After lighting candles, singing “Wait for the Lord” we thought about all we had done in the previous 3 weeks: Over the last [...]

Hope: Advent Families group 2.

It was somewhat chilly last night in St Agnes but this didn’t seem to dampen spirits! Again our evening was based around some of the readings for Sunday, taken from the A and B materials and also looking at a theme; this week was hope. We began with a clip from youtube of an experiment [...]

St Nicholas’ Day.

So this morning, I took my own advice and browsed the Loyola Press Website. They have a section for stories about the lives of the Saints. It being St Nicholas’ Day, I looked for his story. There is a children’s version and one for older people. Disappointingly neither have the tale of St Nicholas knocking [...]

Advent prayers for Families.

I love life’s little surprises. Each Advent we read Jostein Gaarder’s “The Christmas Mystery”. This year when we opened it out fell a piece of paper with this prayer scribbled on it. Give us new eyes, Lord, to see our lives in the light of your love. Too often our fear, neediness, anger, or hurt [...]

Faith: Advent Family Group 1

Friday evening saw a few families gather at St Agnes for the second of our Advent groups. Faith was our theme for this week and after lighting candles and singing “Wait for the Lord” we thought about what went on inside us during Advent: When Mary was told she would be Jesus’ mother, he didn’t [...]