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Family resources leading to Sunday 28th February 2021

Second Sunday in Lent – Year B

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” -Anon

Family Closeness

Game

Finger grab

A simple but fun game to play in pairs or more. Face your partner and both perform the following actions on the count. (It is better if someone else counts out loud for you)

1. Place your left hand out flat with the palm up.

2. Point the index finger of your right hand out, sticking in the air.

3. Place your index finger of your right hand, pointing down, into the palm of your partners left hand.

4. As you try to pull your finger up and away the other person has to try and grab it, while at the same time they are pulling their finger out of your palm and trying to grab your finger.

Sharing

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.

  • Are you more like a cat or a dog? Why?
  • What do you think the best thing about being an adult or child is?
  • Would you rather never play or never win?

Story

With your family read: Mark 8.31-38

Questions for Discussion:

What two questions does Jesus ask his disciples in this reading?
Why do you think he asked this?
What answer does Peter give for himself?
What does Jesus say to him?
Why do you think Jesus told Peter not to tell anyone?  

Prayer and Celebration

We are in the season of Lent, the forty days preceding Easter Day. This is traditionally a time of repentance (saying sorry and turning from sin). The resources for prayer and celebration for the next five weeks will focus on ways your family might “celebrate” well this season. Lent is a good time to focus on God’s care and provision and on our dependence on him, but also on saying sorry.

Lent is a season of remembering to say sorry to God for missing the mark. While Lent is a time of repentance and penitence it does not have to be a morbid time as we also look forward to the Resurrection of Jesus at Easter.

Why not use some symbols to help your family get a feel for the Season of Lent? Some of the following things could be used during your family prayer time or mealtime ritual to mark the season.

Smell: Rosemary.
Taste: Salt.
Colour: Purple.
Feel: Hessian.
Sound: “I’m sorry”.

This is a possible prayer to use during this season at the meal table or other times.
God calls us to say sorry for wrong doing.
God calls us to remember that he made us.
God calls us to remember his promises.
God calls us to live a new way,
not by might,
not by power,
but by faith…
How will we live by faith:
The cross?
We will take it.
The bread?
We will break it.
The pain?
We will bear it.
The joy?
We will share it.
The Gospel?
We will live it.
The love?
We will give it.
The light?
We will cherish it.

Family Time

Rainbow Wall

This Lent begins with the story of the flood. The rainbow is an enduring symbol of God’s promise. Why not make the rainbow your symbol  for Lent, remembering the promise of God. Create a rainbow on a wall at home adding a new colour each week.

Week 1: Purple -remember God’s forgiveness
Week 2: Blue – remember God’s healing love
Week 3. Green – remember God’s creation
Week 4. Yellow – remember God’s promises
Week 5. Orange – remember God’s presence in times of temptation.
Week 6. Red – remember God’s son Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again

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