Growing Wiser

Generous Father God!

Getting started

Help your family to be active this week with three fun sessions:

  • Involve everyone – anyone can lead!
  • Adapt for your family
  • Encourage each other
  • Challenge yourselves
  • Don’t exercise if it causes pain

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Warm up 512

Day 1: Warm-up

Starfish

Work with a partner. One person gets in a plank position with legs apart. The other person jumps over the legs, one leg at a time and returns to the start. Repeat 10 times and then swap places.

Do three rounds.

Rest and talk together.

Talk about some of the times when God answered your prayers and some of the times when He didn’t.

Go deeper: Why might God not answer our prayers the way we want?

Move 512

Day 1: Move

Superman

superman process 900

Lie face down on the floor or on a mat with your arms stretched above your head (like Superman).

Raise your arms and legs off the floor as far as you can for three seconds. Then return to the starting position.

Do the movement 15 times, resting as needed.

Do three rounds. Rest between rounds.

Go harder: Do five rounds.

Challenge 512

Day 1: Challenge

Salt and light

The leader stands at one end of the room or yard facing away from the others. Everyone else stands at the other end with hands above their heads.

Walk slowly with high knees, up on toes so it is hard to balance, tensing the whole body. When the leader shouts ‘Salt and Light’ and turns around, everyone must freeze. If the leader sees anyone moving that person must do three push-ups.

Repeat the game. Swap leaders.

Go harder: Increase to five push-ups.

Explore 512

Day 1: Explore

Praying to a listening Father

Read Matthew 7:7-12 from the Bible.

Jesus wants us to know that God is a kind and wise Father. He hears our prayers and gives us good things we need.

Verses 7 and 8 tell us that God wants us to continually come to Him in prayer. He encourages us to ASK for what we need, to SEEK Him with our hearts and minds, and to persistently KNOCK with the expectation that He will answer.

Make a family list of what you will ask for, what you will seek, and what new ways to serve God’s kingdom you will pursue.

Chat to God: Bring this list to God. Ask God to help you not to give up in pursuing God and trusting Him as your generous Father.

Play 512

Day 1: Play

Paper islands

Stand in a big circle with paper sheets on the floor as islands in the middle. Everyone moves around the circle until the leader says “islands”. Everyone must stand on an island. If they cannot, they stand at the side. More than one person can be on an island at a time if they can balance.

After each round, take an island away. Continue until one island is left. Have fun!

Health tip

Get enough sleep each day.

Warm up 512

Day 2: Warm-up

Burpee relay

Set up a course about 10 meters long.

Do this relay in pairs. One person in each pair does a lap of the course doing a sequence of burpees and long jumps while the other person does superman holds at the start line. Tag and swap places.

Do four to six laps each.

Rest and talk together.

Talk about any gifts you have received from someone who was caring for you.

Go deeper: What are some similarities and differences between our earthly father and our heavenly Father?

Move 512

Day 2: Move

Superman opposites

mirror supermans 900

Lie face down on the floor or on a mat with your arms stretched above your head (like Superman).

Raise your right arm and left leg as far off the ground as you can. Hold for three seconds and relax. Repeat with opposite arm and leg.

Do 10 repetitions and rest. Repeat.

Go easier: Reduce the number of repetitions.

Go harder: Do two or more rounds.

Challenge 512

Day 2: Challenge

Tower challenge

superman plus squat 900

Work in pairs with six cups per pair. One person holds superman while the other does five squats. After each round place one cup to build a tower. Swap roles. Do six rounds. Try to build your tower as fast as possible.

Go easier: Do it for only three minutes.

Explore 512

Day 2: Explore

Receiving from a generous Father

Read Matthew 7:7-12.

Focus on verses 9-11. Find some simple items to help act out the story. Two children ask their father for bread – one receives bread, the other a stone. Create the second drama in a similar way. Afterwards reflect on how you felt.

What does God want to give us? Do we always know what is best for us?

Chat to God: Take a moment to think about how God has been generous to you. Write your answers on paper, or each one can share aloud. Talk to God and thank Him for each one of those answers.

Play 512

Day 2: Play

How well do you know …?

Play in pairs. Each pair needs a marker and paper. For each round write as many things as possible in 60 seconds. The winner is the person with the most things at the end of three rounds.

  • Round 1: Things in a hospital.
  • Round 2: Things in a church.
  • Round 3: Things you know about God your Father.

After each round share what you wrote.

Reflect: Which round was easier? Why? What did you discover about God? Do you think you know our Heavenly Father enough?

Health tip

Get enough sleep each day. Aim for the same bedtime every day to help your body find its optimal health.

Warm up 512

Day 3: Warm-up

Arm circles and body shapes

Arm circles: Stand in a circle and together complete 15 of each arm movement. Small circles forward, small circles backward, big circles forward, big circles backward.

Body shapes: Lie face down, arms overhead and palms facing each other. Move your arms like the hands of a clock into each formation.

Do three rounds.

Rest and talk together.

If you could snap your fingers and it would happen, what is something you would like someone to do for you today?

Go deeper: If there were no limits, what would you do for someone else today?

Move 512

Day 3: Move

Superman clock

Holding the superman position, move arms into positions like the arms of a clock. Go from overhead (12 o’clock) to having arms close to the body (6 o’clock). Hold each position for five seconds.

Repeat three times.

Go easier: Only repeat twice.

Challenge 512

Day 3: Challenge

Random sit-up challenge

Write the numbers 1-12 on pieces of paper and put them in a hat or bowl.

Each person picks one paper and does the number of sit-ups indicated before tapping out to next person.

Return all papers to the container. Do three rounds. Change the movement each time or even add fun actions such as giving a hug to a family member or choosing someone else to do the sit-ups for you.

Go harder: Do four or more rounds.

Explore 512

Day 3: Explore

Living for our loving Father

Read Matthew 7:7-12.

Focus on verse 12. This verse is commonly known as ‘the Golden Rule’. Choose and face your partner. Decide who leads. The leader does something to their partner who immediately does it back to them – partner payback. The actions could be positive such as a smile or hug, or negative such as a gentle pinch or poke.

In what ways does this verse shape how we should live for God?

Chat to God: Think about times you have acted in a way you wouldn’t like done to you. Together, pray that you will be given strength from God to act in ways that always please Him.

Play 512

Day 3: Play

Treasure hunt

Hide 20 small food items in a room (for example, vegetables or fruit).

How many items can your family find in three minutes?

After you’ve finished sit together and discuss how it felt to find the food.

Reflect: Was it easy or hard? Why? How can we relate this treasure hunt to what we have learned about our generous Heavenly Father this week?

Tip for parents

At the end of each day be ready to listen to your child at bedtime. This is commonly the time when concerns and deeper questions are raised.

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