multi-sensory ways to explore faith and bring God into the everyday
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:
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.’
John1:5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.
Everyday resources: blanket, a duvet, a light up toy torch or real torch, LED candles
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!
Hide behind hands or gently under a little blanket and say ‘peekaboo… into the light!’ with a baby.
Show your younger child dark and light. Can they make it dark? Can they make it light? Be on the lookout for the brightest Christmas lights!
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.
Read the bible verses: 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! WOW!
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 this Christmas. Could they ask Jesus for his ideas of ways to bring and pray and speak His light into those situations or spaces?
Be creative, be bold, be the light!
Love is kind
1 Corinthians 13:4, 8, 9 Love is patient and kind… It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never ends.
Play with any toy babies, dolls, soft toys and clothes with your child.
Encourage them to take care of their baby: to feed, clothe and carry them.
Show them how to carefully hold, hug, talk gently and show love to the baby and chat about how you showed them this when they were tiny.
You could say ’Did you know Daddy God loves us like this too? He is so kind and caring to us!’
Thank God for His love for us and ask Him to help us love others with kindness and care. Look for ways to practice throughout your week.
Make a joyful noise!
Psalm 100:1-2 Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with joy; come before him with singing.
Have fun exploring any musical instruments you may have or simply grab a pan and wooden spoon!
What different noises can you create together such as shake, bang, tap?
Show your child how to play quickly and slowly, loudly and quietly and see if they can copy you. Let them choose how to play for you to copy too.
You could say ‘Let’s praise Jesus together with our instruments. We can make a happy noise to say we love God and thank Him for loving us.’ Have fun making a joyful noise to Jesus together.
You could also shout out different things to praise Him: ‘God, you are good’, ‘Jesus, we love you!’, ‘Holy Spirit, thank you!’
Regularly launch into a ‘family praise time’ during your week to express your love and worship to God until it becomes a cherished part of your life!
God has lovely things to say!
1 Corinthians 14:3: But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort.
Why not harness the need for hand washing by bringing Holy Spirit into it? Get a bowl of lovely warm soapy water and wash each other’s hands. Laugh and make it fun!
Say: ‘Did you know that God has lovely things to say because He is good and kind and because He loves us so much? I’m going to listen to Him now for you as we are washing our hands!’
Invite Holy Spirit to be with you and have a go at listening to God for your child. Often the first thing that pops into our minds is Him… Share what you see, hear or sense: ‘I feel like God is showing me…’ or ‘When I think of you I see…’
As you step out in faith you’ll be amazed as God steps in to meet you, your child will be blessed and encouraged, plus their faith will be built up as you model and practice this!
Thank Holy Spirit for speaking to you. Why not encourage your child to try listening to God next time? You can coach them and learn together. There’re lots of opportunites for hand washing every day…