Welcome back to Treehouse and our series Handing Big Emotions. This series explores our natural emotional responses and how we can handle them better
This week we are looking at guilt. Let's read a story together and see how we can apply it to our relationship with God the Father. Also you will need some potatoes (or other items) to try out the demonstration for yourself.
WORSHIP: We will keep the same songs each week during this series, but please head to the songs and stories section for more.
- Lift you up
- Deep cries out
Discussion - During discussion the video encourages having playdough on tables to make objects from the story.
- Could you sit together as a family, taking it in turns to talk about a time you have felt guilt.
- Perhaps you could come up with some ways to deal with guilty feelings. e.g. saying sorry after having some time out, giving a hug to someone you shouted at, taking time to let people express their emotions when they are feeling big emotions, recognising a big emotion, naming it and giving it to God.
- Pray together as a family and (as the demonstation shows) let go of some of the guilt you are holding.
Art Project - We will be collecting in all your artwork at the end of the month to display. (Art can be done using any material, paper or canvas - we will scan in your artwork and return the originals to you to keep)
- Can you draw an image to represent guilt?
- Can you create an image of the characters in the story? Maybe Alex and his mum?
There are no craft packs for this series, and each family will want to tailor the activities to suit their needs.
Message from Lucy Munton
The activities today are very discussion based, and we are continuing the art project too - but let me share some of the ideas I might try this week. Do share your ideas too on The Oak Parents Facebook page, so we can all steal from each other.
Ideas to do with guilt that we might try:
- Make something nice for someone you love. We all shout, argue and get cross with the people we love, so doing something kind could be a lovely focus.
- Hold some heavy shopping bags, full of tins. Time how long you can hold them. Then let them go. Talk about how it felt to hold onto the heavy bags, and compare it to when we talk to Jesus, he can help us feel lighter.
- Write a postcard to a loved one telling them how much you love them. This is just a feel good activity. Why not walk to the postbox and send it together?
Why not share what you've been up to on the Treehouse Parents Facebook Group?