Growing Deeper

Jesus loves children!

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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

Corners warm-up

Label the corners of the room with the numbers 1-4. Each person starts at a different corner and does a different warm-up. Move around the room to the next number. Do two rounds.

  1. 10 jumping jacks
  2. 10 running on spot
  3. 10 mountain-climbers
  4. 10 squats

Rest and talk together.

What are the first two things you do each morning?

Go deeper: Rank all the usual events from your day based on importance.

Move 512

Day 1: Move

Wall push-ups

wall push ups_2 900

Stand with arms stretched out towards a wall. Lean forwards, place palms on the wall, bend elbows and push back to standing position.

Complete 10 and rest. Do three rounds.

Go easier: Stand closer to the wall.

Challenge 512

Day 1: Challenge

Push-ups relay

push up

Divide into two teams and stand on opposite sides of the room. Put 21 objects such as toys, spoons, or balls in the middle.

Members of each team take turns to run to the center, do five push-ups, pick up an object, and run back to tag the next person. Continue until all objects are picked up.

Which team collected the most?

Go easier: Do the push-ups on a wall.

Explore 512

Day 1: Explore

Who seems unimportant in our world?

Read Mark 10:13-16 from the Bible.

Jesus had become very popular and crowds gathered to see Him and hear His teaching. With so many people, the disciples were unhappy that some were bringing their children to Jesus to be blessed.

Discuss:

Run and get the top three things you would take to a deserted island.

  • Why did you choose these three?

In Bible times children were often thought to be unimportant.

  • What does the disciples’ reaction tell us about about their opinion of children?
  • Who is unimportant in your world?

Write names of ‘unimportant’ people as small as you can on a piece of paper. Get a phone camera and magnify the names.

Chat to God: Ask God for His help to see in these people what He sees and to accept them like He does.

Play 512

Day 1: Play

Family competition

Which family member can do the following?

  • Longest jump from standing position
  • Longest time standing on one leg
  • Longest time without blinking
  • Say your full name in one breath
  • Dribble a ball for the longest
  • Longest plank or squat

Make up your own. Have fun!

Health tip

Drink more water.

Warm up 512

Day 2: Warm-up

Follow the leader

Put on your favorite music. Run around in a circle.

One person is the leader and uses hand claps to communicate instructions:

  • One clap – do a superman
  • Two claps – do two lunges
  • Three claps – do three speed skaters

Change leaders after one minute.

Rest and talk together.

What is the most expensive item you have touched?

Go deeper: What is your most valuable possession?

Move 512

Day 2: Move

Partner push-ups

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The key to a good push-up is keeping your body in a straight line and your elbows close to your side.

Face your partner with your knees on the ground and your hands in line with your shoulders. Do a push-up at the same time and then give each other a one-handed high-five.

Complete 10 and rest. Do two rounds.

Challenge 512

Day 2: Challenge

Push-ups draw lots challenge

Write the following tasks on small pieces of paper, fold, and place in a container:

  • 5 push-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 push-ups
  • 20 push-ups
  • Give someone a hug
  • Give someone a high five
  • Give someone a massage
  • Get a glass of water for everyone

Take turns to draw lots and do the task picked. Help one another as needed.

Complete three rounds.

Explore 512

Day 2: Explore

Children are valuable to Jesus

Read Mark 10:13-16.

  • How would you try and get Jesus’ attention in a crowd? Mime it.

Many people were trying to reach Jesus.

  • Why do you think He specifically insisted that children come to Him?
  • How do we determine people’s value?

Chat to God: Write in a paper heart “You are precious to God and to us”. Give one to each member of your family and pray for them.

Play 512

Day 2: Play

Change the line-up

Everyone stands in a line. Time how long it takes the family to put themselves into order for the following:

  • Shortest to tallest
  • Youngest to oldest
  • Alphabetical order of first name
  • Length of hair
  • Number of books read in the last month

Health tip

Drink more water.

Drinking water before a meal helps to lose weight.

Warm up 512

Day 3: Warm-up

Junkyard dog

One person sits on the floor with legs out to the front and arms out to the side. The others jump over the arm, the legs and the second arm. Everybody jumps two rounds and changes places so everybody gets to jump.

Rest and talk together.

Who is someone you want to be like?

Go deeper: What about them would you imitate?

Move 512

Day 3: Move

100 partner push-ups

Work with a partner. One starts with one push-up. Then the other does two push-ups. The first does three push-ups. Then the other does four. Continue this way to 10 push-ups and rest when it isn’t your turn. Once you get to 10, work your way back down to one. If you do, you will have completed 100 push-ups as a pair. Wow!

Go easier: Do push-ups on the wall or on your knees.

Challenge 512

Day 3: Challenge

Grab the tail

Set the boundaries of the game.

Everyone wears a scarf or small towel as a ‘tail’ tucked in at the back of their pants. The goal is to collect as many tails as you can, while protecting your own. If you lose your tail, do three push-ups and continue the game. Have fun!

Go harder: Increase push-ups to five.

Explore 512

Day 3: Explore

Children are an example to follow

Read Mark 10:13-16.

Jesus noticed children, prayed for them, and set them as an example for others.

Isn’t that amazing?

Brainstorm the differences between children and adults.

  • How can children teach us about receiving the Kingdom of God?

Chat to God: Lord, thank you that we can learn from each other. Thank you for children who remind us to be trusting and open to new ideas.

Play 512

Day 3: Play

Build a play-house

Have fun with your family building a fort / castle / tent inside. Be creative.

Health tip

Drink more water.

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