Jesus – the multiplier!
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Mark 4:3-8||Jesus calls us to listen||Jesus wants us to understand||How to grow our impact|
|Warm-up||Jump the rope||Rabbit in the hole||Warm-up to music|
|Move||Slow speed skaters||Toe touch speed skaters||Obstacle speed skaters|
|Challenge||Zigzag hopping relay||10, 20, 30 challenge||Family speed skater challenge|
|Explore||Read the verses and test listening||Reread verses and share stories and distractions||Reread verses and consider multiplication|
|Play||Samurai, Ninja and Sumo||Guard the treasure||Balance and walk|
Watch the family.fit five steps
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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- Post a photo or video on social media and tag with #familyfit or @familyfitnessfaithfun
- Do family.fit with another family
Day 1: Warm-up
Jump the rope
One person swings a rope from side to side close to the ground. Players have to jump over the rope each time it passes without touching it. Anyone who touches the rope swaps places with the person who is swinging it.
Rest and talk together.
How good are you at listening? (Score yourself out of 10.)
Go deeper: When is good listening important?
Day 1: Move
Slow speed skaters
Practice speed skaters to develop leg and core strength. Bend and touch the knee with the opposite hand. Each touch is one repetition. Start slow then increase speed and make the movements fluid.
Do six. Rest and then do 12. Rest again and do 18.
Go harder: Increase repetitions to 30.
Day 1: Challenge
Zigzag hopping relay
Set a course 10-15 meters long. Take turns to hop on one foot to the end. Zigzag to make it more challenging if you can.
Split into two teams to compete as a relay.
Go harder: Make the course longer.
Day 1: Explore
Jesus calls us to listen
Read Mark 4:3-8 from the Bible.
Jesus attracted a large crowd as He taught beside Lake Galilee. Not all of these people were His followers – many were undecided. So Jesus used stories (parables) to engage them. He gave a clear explanation to His closest followers afterwards. This is one of Jesus’ best-known stories.
Jesus said “Listen!”.
- How well did you listen to the story?
Choose someone to read the story again but this time leave out key words. For fun, substitute ‘bubble gum’ for each missing word. Others can take turns to say the key words left out.
Chat to God: Our prayers can be more about asking than listening. Today pray simply, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Be prepared to receive an answer as you go about your day.
Day 1: Play
Samurai, Ninja and Sumo
Make up a simple action for the three different characters – Samurai, Ninja and Sumo. Stand facing each other and choose a leader.
Everyone, including the leader, secretly chooses a character to act out. At the count of 3, everyone does the action for their chosen character. Anyone with the same character as the leader gets a point. The first person to five points wins.
Swap leaders and play again.
Day 2: Warm-up
Rabbit in the hole
Spread hoops or sheets of paper around the floor. These are the rabbit holes. Everyone starts in a different one.
The leader says “Rabbit in the hole”, and everyone hops on one leg to another hole. Change legs each time you move to a new hole. If you step out of the hole you become the next leader.
Rest and talk together.
What have you grown that has produced a lot of ‘fruit’?
Go deeper: How open are you to new ideas? Why or why not?
Day 2: Move
Toe touch speed skaters
Practice speed skaters. Each time your foot comes forward, try to reach and touch it with the opposite hand. Start slowly and then increase speed and fluency.
Do 10 of them. Rest and then do 20. Rest again and do 30.
Go harder: Increase the number of repetitions to 40, 50 or 60.
Day 2: Challenge
10, 20, 30 challenge
Work with a partner. While one person holds superman, the other does 10 speed skaters. Swap places and repeat. Next do 20 speed skaters while the other person holds superman. Swap. Continue with 30, 40 and 50 repetitions if you can.
Go easier: Decrease the number of repetitions to 30 or 40.
Go harder: Increase the number of repetitions to 60 or more.
Day 2: Explore
Jesus wants us to understand
Read Mark 4:3-8 and 4:13-20.
Mark 4:3-8 and 4:13-20.
In verse 13 Jesus said to His followers, “Don’t you understand this parable?” He then went on to explain it.
- What is the meaning of each type of soil?
Share your own stories of when you first heard the message about Jesus and how you responded.
Make a family list of some distractions that make it hard to be a follower of Jesus.
Chat to God: Each person can choose one or two distractions to pray about, asking the Holy Spirit to bring understanding of how to deal with these.
Day 2: Play
Guard the treasure
One person, the ‘guard’, sits on a chair facing a wall with a set of keys under the chair. Everyone else starts at the other end of the room and silently creeps up to the chair to try to grab the keys and run back to the start. The guard can turn at any time and catch people moving. Anyone caught has to start again. The guard chases and tags anyone who snatches the keys. The tagged player becomes the guard for the next game.
Day 3: Warm-up
Warm-up to music
Put on some up-tempo music and do the following:
- 20 jumping jacks
- 5 ski jumps (jump from side to side)
- 10 push-ups agains a wall or fence
- 5 big jumps
Rest and talk together.
What have you made or done in the last week?
Go deeper: Who are some of the people you admire for the work they do in your community?
Day 3: Move
Obstacle speed skaters
Do speed skaters with an object such as a rope or book on the ground that you have to step over. Make the speed skaters smooth and then increase speed.
Do 20. Rest and then do 20 again. Do three rounds.
Go easier: Reduce the number of rounds.
Day 3: Challenge
Family speed skater challenge
Stand in a big circle facing each other. Do 300 speed skaters as a family. One person starts and then taps out to the next person when ready for a break. After 100, run as a family to a marker and back. Run to the pace of the slowest runner. Continue with the next 100 speed skaters until you have completed 300 as a family.
Go harder: Increase family total to 500.
Day 3: Explore
How to grow our impact
Read Mark 4:3-8.
This story shows how people who listen and respond to God can be effective.
- What is the result of the seed that fell on ‘good’ soil?
Do some mathematics. Can you find examples of multiplication in your garden or park?
- If each member of your family told two people about Jesus and each of them told two people, how many people would your family influence for God’s Kingdom?
Chat to God: Look out at your neighborhood. Each person focus on one person or group and pray for opportunities to share God’s love with them and make a difference in their lives.
Day 3: Play
Balance and walk
Take turns to balance a book on your head and walk to the other side of the room and back without dropping or touching it. Try it backwards. Then try a book with a plastic cup on top. Can you add water to the cup? Have fun!
Go harder: Divide into two teams and make it a relay.
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