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Family resources leading to Sunday 16th August 2020

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Year A

If you haven’t time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded.  ~Robert Brault

Family Closeness


Tapping hands

Each person crosses their arms over those of the person next to them and places their hands on the table. One person starts by tapping once and others follow in order of hands in one direction. When someone else taps twice, the direction reverses. If you tap out of turn, the game starts over. How many times can you go around the table?


Would you rather…

  • How many people from different countries do you know? When might it be difficult to be friendly to someone who is different from you?
  • What is the best thing that happened to you this week? What was the worst?
  • What unexpected thing happened to you this week?
  • What is something new you learnt today or this week? 


With your family read Mathew 15.21-28

Questions for Discussion

[This can be a hard or confusing reading to hear. Jesus seems not only to ignore this woman from a different religion who needs his help but says some seemingly negative or antagonistic things to her. Is it possible Jesus knew how deep her faith was, that she would not be discouraged, and desired her to demonstrate this? In the end Jesus points out how great her faith is and gives her what she wants. It is interesting that so many of the religious leaders rejected Jesus but this foreign woman believes.]

  • Why do you think Jesus ignored the woman at first?
  • What was Jesus saying about why he shouldn’t help her?
  • Why do you think Jesus thought the woman’s faith was so great?
  • When have you shown persistence and perseverance in your faith life? 

Prayer and Celebration

Actions for a variation of The Lords Prayer
Our Father in heaven, [finger pointing up]You are a holy God. [open palm pointed high, head dipped reverently]Come and rule our hearts. [open palm brought down to rest over heart]Do what’s best on earth [finger pointing down]as in heaven. [rotate arm to point finger upwards]Please keep us alive with food. [hand as bowl, other doing a scooping action to mouth]keep us forgiven with you [closed hand warmly rotating over heart]and forgiving with others. [same hand, finger pointing to all around in sweeping action]Keep us holding your hand [one hand into the other hand]and safe from all wickedness. [two hands up, elbows straight and a firm shielding action]You’re in charge! [strong action, two hands pointing up]You can do anything you want! [both palms open out, raised]You are God, for ever and ever. [hands get further apart like measuring something bigger and bigger]Amen.  [closed fist brought down on an open palm].


Anglican Board of Mission – Australia

One mission organisation in Australia that does fantastic work is ABM-A. Their vision is: ABM wants to see people everywhere experience the wholeness of life God offers in Jesus Christ, and to this end support our Partners as they participate in God’s mission. Their website is worth checking out and in particular under their resources menu is a section called “watch” that has videos of some of the work they do. Some of these videos would be appropriate to show family members around the table.

Bonus Family Activity

 Camp Out Night

If you own a tent, pitch it in the backyard one night and take the family out there to sleep. Do some fun things like story telling and board games. Do all the things you would do camping out.

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