March 01, 2015 Family Activity

Theme: Reading Scripture Together

When We Read Scripture, we read with intelligence, passion, and hospitality, keeping the following principles in mind:


  • Prepare: We prayerfully prepare our hearts for leading God’s people (our family). We practice the reading ahead of time. We understand the text, we remember important words and phrases so that we can look up and lead our family with these words.
  • Pace: We wait for our family to find the text and to follow. We read slowly, and use some variety.
  • Space: We allow time for our family to hear and absorb the text. Silence is good.
  • Grace: We read with expression that makes Scripture come alive, yet not with so much drama that it calls more attention to the reader than the message.
  • Embrace: We remember that children were present during many of the stories that we read. For example, they were part of the Exodus, they witnessed Christ's miracles, and they watched Jesus walk to the cross. We celebrate the stories of Pentecost and the early church. Whenever possible, we include both genders when referring to people (the NRSV translation does this automatically).

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 Contemporary English Version

    Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
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