multi-sensory ways to explore faith and bring God into the everyday
Encounter Fun packs are full of engaging, multi-sensory 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: within a children’s ministry setting, at a family fun event, at toddler groups and in the home!
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Try out these Encounter Fun ideas with your child:
God is Changing Me
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NCV) We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like Him. This change in us brings ever greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Everyday Resources: light up or colour-changing toys or LED candles
- Play with and explore any light up or colour-changing toys or LED candles you may have.
- Chat about the colours you can see and explore dark and light together.
- Point out any that are changing colour! Say the colours to your younger child and help them to say them or point to them.
- Encourage an older child to create a light display for the whole family to enjoy. How can you make it brighter? Which colours can you see? Which is your favourite? How does that change the effect? That’s so impressive…
- As you explore and discover, tell your child ‘Did you know that God is changing us to be like Him? He wants to transform us, just like this light changes or affects the room.’
- Share any ways that God is changing you.
- You could speak truths like ‘I show God’s glory’, ‘Jesus is changing me’, ‘I am being changed to be like Jesus’, ‘God’s glory is growing in me’…
- Insert your names into the bible verse above to release more truth and hope within you!
- Pray for anything specific you’d like to see transformed in your lives or anything Jesus is highlighting to you.
- Pray for your child to grow in awareness of God being with them, all around them and in them. Pray for them to experience His transforming power and light in their lives.
James 5:16 (NCV) When a believing person prays, great things happen.
Everyday Resources: a range of pebbles/stones, marker pens, paint, pot
- Go on a pebble hunt in the garden, park or at the beach.
- Explore your pebbles and chat about why you’ve chosen them.
- Explain that we are going to use these pebbles to help us pray! Did you know our prayers our powerful and that when we pray great things happen?
- Think about some places, people or themes that are important to your child or your family that you want to pray about such as particular people, your city/town/village, church, school, work places, other nations, leaders, healing, salvation, friendships, please, sorry, thanks…
- Choose a pebble for each theme and decorate it with marker pens or paint: hearts, happy/sad faces, flags, a cross… Be creative!
- Choose a special place or pot to keep your pebbles in once they are dry.
- Use regularly to aid your prayer times! Let’s get out your precious prayer pebbles. Which one shall we choose? What is on God’s heart for this? What is Holy Spirit showing you? What can we declare? Are there any bible verses about this?
- Let your prayer times be child-led and fun!
1 John 1:9 (NCV) But if we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.
Everyday Resources: toy bin trucks, mini bins or buckets, post it notes, paper, pens
- With your younger child have fun playing with any bin trucks you may have or wait for bin day and watch the refuse vehicles together. Talk about how they take away the rubbish or recycle the things we don’t need anymore. Have you seen any big bin trucks? Tell me about them…
- Involve an older child in taking out the rubbish and recycling. Chat about the many things we throw away and re-use.
- Be honest about the times we make mistakes, say, do or think wrong or hurtful things or even when others upset us.
- Jesus says we can tell Him we are sorry for our part and that we can give these hurtful experiences to Him, just like throwing rubbish in the bin or bin truck!
- Jesus wants to forgive us, clean us and help us to have a happy heart again! Check out 1 John 1:9.
- Use post-its or pieces of paper to represent anything you want to give to Jesus and either put it in your toy bin truck or in the actual bin.
- Say sorry and thank Jesus for His power to love and forgive us! Receive His peace. Let Him clean your heart.
- We are now free!
Jesus and the Storm!
Luke 8:24 (NCV) Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves. They stopped, and it became calm.
Everday Resources: bible, story book bible, tray, oats, plastic toy boats or simple ones made from paper/card, mini people, other sea creatures, paper
- Share the story of Jesus and the storm with your child from Luke 8:22-25 or a story bible.
- Play it out with a younger child using the oats, boats and people on a tray.
- Challenge your older child to make their own Origami boat from paper.
- Let your child explore and then wonder about the story with them: I wonder how Jesus could sleep in a storm, I wonder how the disciples felt, I wonder what the sights and sounds were, I wonder where we are in the story…
- Follow your child’s leading and have fun exploring together.
- Chat about real storms and any experiences you have of them. Chat too about the ‘storms of life’ when things are difficult, confusing or painful.
- Jesus was with His friends in the storm. Did you know He is with us too?
- Jesus was stronger than the storm. He stopped it. I wonder what He is saying to the storms we experience today…
- Be ready to listen to Jesus and to pray together.
God knows my name
Isaiah 49:16 (NCV) I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Everyday Resources: paper, card, opened-up insides of cereal boxes, chalks, crayons, pens.
- Get creative and use crayons, chalks or pens and write your child’s and your name on large cardboard or paper.
- Have fun together decorating around your names with different colours, lines and shapes, plus any stickers or sequins you may have.
- Point at your child’s name and read it out.
- Say that Daddy God knows their name. He loves them and knows them so well.
- Write His name on too and others in your family and friends.
- Say: ‘Did you know Daddy God knows our names? We are all so special to Him!’
- Stick your sheet of names up and keep reminding your child of this truth.
- Try a simple Shout Out: ‘Who knows your name?’ ‘Daddy God!’
- Pray for this truth to be planted in their heart!