Growing Deeper

Jesus responds to our needs!

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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

Speed ball

Find a ball. Everyone runs around the space throwing the ball to one another to catch. When someone drops the ball, they must do six squats or three burpees.

Rest and talk together.

When have you been in a big crowd seeing someone famous?

Go deeper: How do you respond when you see famous people or teams?

Move 512

Day 1: Move

Mountain-climbers

mountain climber process 900

Put hands and feet on the ground and keep your whole body straight like a plank. Move one knee up towards your elbows and then move foot back to the starting position. Repeat with other leg.

Do 50 repetitions. Rest after every 10.

Go easier: Reduce the number of repetitions to 20 or 30.

Go harder: Increase the number of repetitions to 80 or 100.

Challenge 512

Day 1: Challenge

Tabata challenge

Listen to the Tabata music.

Do mountain-climbers for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Run on the spot for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this sequence. Do eight rounds.

Go harder: Increase the number of repetitions in 20 seconds.

Explore 512

Day 1: Explore

Call on Jesus anytime

Read Mark 10:46-52 from the Bible.

Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem. As He walked, Jesus and His disciples passed a blind beggar near Jericho. Blind Bartimaeus shouts for Jesus’ help – even when others tell him to be quiet. Jesus stops and responds to his deepest need.

Discuss:

Everyone sits cross-legged on the floor or a chair. Time each person to see how long it takes to stand up without using hands, clap five times and shout “Jesus, Son of David”.

Who was the fastest?

When Bartimaeus called Jesus “Son of David”, he was saying he believed Jesus was the Messiah. The Jews looked forward to the coming of the Messiah who would save people from their sin.

What would you call out to Jesus?

Chat to God: Spend time in silent prayer. Picture yourself in a crowd, seeing Jesus. Now take turns to say one sentence to describe your reactions. Thank Jesus for being present.

Play 512

Day 1: Play

Together we stand

Sit back to back on the floor with a partner. Link your arms together. Now try to stand up while keeping your backs touching and arms linked. Pushing against each other will help.

Go harder: Try to pick up objects around the house while linked!

Health tip

Reduce technology ‘screen’ time.

Warm up 512

Day 2: 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 a time you had to struggle to be heard.

Go deeper: Whose voices need to be heard more in our community?

Move 512

Day 2: Move

Partner mountain-climbers

partner climbers 900

Work in pairs. One person does 10 mountain-climbers while the other person is in a plank position. Swap places.

Do three rounds.

Go harder: Do five rounds.

Challenge 512

Day 2: Challenge

Back to back squats

patner squats 900

Stand back to back with a partner. Lean on each other and descend to a 90-degree squat position. Maintain that position and pass a ball overhead to each other. See how many times you can pass it in 30 seconds.

Rest and repeat.

Do three rounds. Try to increase the number of ball passes each round.

Explore 512

Day 2: Explore

Jesus hears us 

Read Mark 10:46-52.

Each person secretly finds an object that makes a sound. Sit in a circle with eyes closed. Now take turns to listen to each object’s sound.

Can you identify each one?

Bartimaeus was making plenty of noise and many people told him to stop! But he just shouted even louder. Jesus hears us when we call on Him – from our shouts to our whispers.

What do you need Jesus to help you with?

Chat to God: Tell God the needs of your household in whispers. Pause and in a louder voice, thank Him for hearing you.

Play 512

Day 2: Play

Together we go

Line up next to each other. Using a rag or nylon stocking, tie yourself at the ankle to the person on either side of you. (The people on each end will have their outside foot free.)

As a team work together to move from a starting point to the finish as fast as possible. Make sure you stay connected.

Rest and repeat.

Do three rounds. Try to get faster each time.

Health tip

Reduce screen time. Limit the number of hours you look at screens each day.

Warm up 512

Day 3: Warm-up

Bear and crab walk

Bear walk across the room and crab walk back. Do five laps.

Bear walk - Walk face down with feet and hands on the floor.

Crab walk - Walk face up with feet and hands on the floor.

Rest and talk together.

When did you receive something that was exactly what you needed? It may have been a gift, advice, assistance …

Go deeper: Why was it important to get something you really needed at just the right time?

Move 512

Day 3: Move

Mountain-climbers and holds

mountain holds 900

Do 10 mountain-climbers then hold a superman position with arms and legs off the floor for 10 seconds.

Do five rounds with no breaks.

Go easier: Do holds for just five seconds.

Challenge 512

Day 3: Challenge

20, 15, 10, 5

20,15,10,5 900

Start with ‘high fives’ then do:

  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 15 speed skaters
  • 10 chair dips
  • 5 sit-ups

End with ‘high fives’.

Do three rounds with no rest between them. Time everyone.

Go harder: Increase number of rounds.

Explore 512

Day 3: Explore

Jesus is ready to respond 

Read Mark 10:46-52.

The crowd changed. It went from telling Bartimaeus to stop shouting, to encouraging him. “Don’t be afraid! Come on!” So he jumped up, full of hope, and Jesus healed him.

Think of someone in your community who is in need. Brainstorm ideas to help them.

Could your household respond to this need and encourage them?

Are we “jumping up” to respond?

Can we prompt someone else to seek Him too? “He’s calling you!”

Chat to God: Lord help us to notice the needs of people around us and respond.

Play 512

Day 3: Play

Sock basketball

Make a ball from a rolled-up sock. One person uses their arms as the goal. Choose three places to shoot from. Everyone gets three shots at each place. Count the number of successful shots to find the winner.

Play again and blindfold the person taking the shots.

Health tip

Reduce screen time. Close some social media accounts.

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