Beryl Tillin has been thinking about home discipleship. She sent some useful insights in an email. I wonder what you think about the proposition that family traditions are more valuable than daily Bible notes?
I came to the Messy Fiesta in Oxford last weekend, which was really helpful and inspiring. I just wanted to let you know of a couple of things that our family do, following on from the discussion on discipleship at home. I identify totally with you on the ‘what makes us a Christian family at home’ question.
During Advent we always make a Jesse tree, reading a story about an Old Testament character each day, and hanging an object to remind us of them on a bare branch (the root of Jesse).
I came across ‘Resurrection eggs’, which are US American, and we have used these leading up to Easter. Each coloured egg has an object inside linked to the Easter story. I have also used these in an all-age worship service. You can get them on Amazon, but they’re much cheaper in the States – fortunately my husband was in the US when I came across them on the Internet! I think these kind of things that become family traditions may be more valuable than the daily children’s Bible booklets that are available. We’ve yet to find any of these that really engage our children.