Encounter Fun packs are full of engaging ideas for parents and carers and their children to get closer to Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit through playing, praying and exploring together!
There are multiple ways to use Encounter Fun! Find out more in the shop!
For Under 5’s church groups or a family event: Under 5’s Encounter Fun Pack 1 or Pack 2! Many of these activities can be easily adapted to appeal to older children or check out Powerpack’s Encounter Cards.
For Toddler Groups: Exploring Faith Toddler Group version of Encounter Fun: are you reaching out with God’s love to young families? 10 of the Encounter Fun activities re-written to introduce faith to parents/carers as they have fun playing with their child!
For parents and carers in the home: Under 5’s Encounter Fun Postcards for Parents – 20 of the Encounter Fun activities especially re-written for parents or carers to use at home with their child!
Why not try out some of these Encounter Fun ideas with your child below:
My Heart is a Home for Jesus!
Ephesians 3:17: Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Have fun playing with any toy people, animals and houses or farm sets you may have. Place them them inside the houses and say it’s their home.
Talk about how Jesus wants our heart to be a home for Him and say we can invite Him to come and live in our heart home!
You could pray with your child if they would like to invite Jesus into their heart and life: ‘Jesus, I love you. Thank you that you love me, and that you died and came back to life for me. Please come and make your home in my heart home. Thank you Jesus.’
Wait and see what happens and share together: how do you feel, what do you see, what do you hear? Celebrate their friendship with Jesus!
Encourage your older child to imagine their heart like a home, with doors, windows and a roof and a path – Jesus is walking up the path to knock on their heart home door! Do they let him in? What happens next? What do they see or feel or hear? Have fun being with Jesus! Draw or write about it in an Adventure Book!
Light of the World!
John 8:12 Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.’
Play hiding under blankets or a duvet and turn on a toy torch or switch on an LED candle or jump out into the light! Show your younger child dark and light. Can they make it dark? Can they make it light? Chat with your older child about sources of light they know and that, whenever it is dark, just lighting a candle or switching on the light changes everything.
Did you know that the bible says Jesus is the light of the world? So just like switching on a light in a dark place, He brings light to us and to everyone! Chat simply about how Jesus says we are the light too so we can take His love and light everywhere we go!
You could say over yourselves that you are Jesus’ light as you switch on the candles or torch! Encourage your older child to think of places that need more of Jesus’ light and pray and speak His light into those situations or spaces.
Psalm 139:5 You are all around me – in front and in back – and have put your hand on me.
Have fun playing with any toy cars you have together. Drive them around, following each other, creating traffic jams and queues.
Point out the cars that are next to, in front and behind, under and over, above and below (if you have a garage!).
Tell your child that Daddy God says He is all around us – He is in front and behind, He is above and below – He is wherever we are!
Pray for your child and yourself to experience and know this love that surrounds you all the time as you play together!
Psalm 139:5 You are all around me – in front and in back – you have put your hand on me.
Create a glitter bottle with your child: add glitter glue, hot water, sequins and fine glitter to a small bottle. Give it a good shake, top up with water and super glue the lid shut!
Shake your glitter bottle together and watch the glitter as it swirls around. What’s the glitter doing? What shapes or colours can you see inside? Express wonder and amazement at it.
Say ‘Did you know God is all around us, just like the whirling, swirling glitter. Wow! Shall we ask to feel Him, see Him and know Him now?’
Invite Holy Spirit to come and fill you and be all around you both as you shake the bottle and explore it together.