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Real Moments
(Key Faith Activities)

Family Faith Conversations

  • Take time to listen and share. What is the "talkative" time of day for your child?
  • Use Scripture as a source for discussing an issue.
  • Take one-on-one time with each child. Build personal memories together.
  • Tell and read good stories together.

Family Ritual & Devotion

  • Rediscover and retain the ethnic religious traditions that are your legacy.
  • Adopt the attitude: If it's worth doing, it's worth doing poorly! Even if we're not very good at doing ritual, it still has a powerful impact.
  • Tell stories of "Jesus & His Friends."
  • Try this simple exchange when leaving the house in the morning. Parent: "This is the day the Lord has made." Child: "I will rejoice and be glad."
  • Do seasonal rituals: Advent, Lent, Easter, etc.

Family Faith in Action

  • Do "with" instead of do "for." Respect and promote the dignity of others. Learn from those you hope to serve.
  • Consider both works of justice and works of mercy. In addition to caring for victims, work to change systems that victimize them.
  • Help serve in a soup kitchen.
  • Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Take part in donation efforts for re-useable clothing and other items.
  • Participate in the Save a Family Plan to support a poor family in India.

For Family Reflection and Discussion

What is one immediate step your family could take to incorporate some of these faith-building activities?

What is one long-term goal your family could set in order to grow in faith?