Ideas for exploring faith in homes

This website is part of BRF's work to support children's and family work in churches and at home.

Browse through the site and you'll find easy-to-use ideas and resources to help you live out faith together.

'Buttering' people up to change?

10 Aug 2015

Maybe you have heard or even said this, but can people change? This fun but simple activity of making butter explores how people in the Bible were changed, and how we can be, too. And an added bonus - you only need three things and you can enjoy the yummy results after.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Cooking | Fun | Transitions | Change

Picture prayer board book

6 Jul 2015

Introduce your young children to pray for people they know with this simple idea of making a board book and adding pictures of people on each page. Various different ways of using the book for prayer are also given.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Prayer | Children

Lego prayers

29 Jun 2015

A simple and effective way to pray as a family using Lego or Duplo bricks. Can be used at home or in church.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun | Lego

Celebrating Father's Day

15 Jun 2015

Here is an old favourite to make a simple but meaningful card for those men who you would like to celebrate being part of your life on Father's Day - dads, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers or friends.

Continue reading Everday ideas | Fathers Day | Craft

Easter Sunday word search

2 Apr 2015

With Easter Sunday coming, why not take a look at the ideas already on the website to celebrate this special day by entering EASTER SUNDAY in the Search box on the Homepage. This word search is one of many ideas offering a creative way to explore the story of Easter Sunday as a family.

Continue reading Easter | Easter Sunday | Games

Good Friday word search

1 Apr 2015

With Good Friday on the horizon, why not take a look at the ideas already on the website to celebrate this special day by entering GOOD FRIDAY in the Search box on the Homepage. This word search is one of many ideas offering a creative way to explore the story of Good Friday as a family.

Continue reading Easter | Good Friday | Games

Edible Easter garden

30 Mar 2015

A fun idea for toddlers - and older children and adults too! - to make an edible Easter garden, which could be enjoyed after reading the Easter story to explain what the garden is all about.

Continue reading Easter | Cooking

Ideas to mark Lent and Easter at home

3 Mar 2015

Looking for ideas to mark Lent and Easter at home? Then simply download these free activity sheets for younger and older children.

Continue reading Easter | Palm Sunday | Good Friday | Easter Sunday | Games | Cooking

LENT - spell it out

20 Feb 2015

Lent marks Jesus' 40 days of being tempted in the desert. What things tempt you? How do you resist temptation? What can we learn from Jesus' response? Using the four letters L-E-N-T and some simple discussion starters, share together your thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Continue reading Lent | Easter | Temptation | Discussion

Valentine's Day for all - say it with the Bible

10 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate love and relationships between family and friends of all ages. The Bible mentions 'love' over 500 times. Use this simple twist on the traditional hide-and-seek game to find out what the Bible actually says.

Continue reading Valentines Day | Celebration | Love | Relationships | Bible verses | Game | Fun

Valentine's Day for all - say it from the heart

8 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate love and relationships - not just the romantic celebration between two people but also between family and friends. Celebrate using this simple but fun activity of writing thoughts on hearts.

Continue reading Valentines Day | Celebration | Love | Relationships | Craft | Fun

Valentine's Day for all - say it with food and fun

6 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate love and relationships - not just the romantic celebration between two people but also between family and friends. Celebrate using these ideas for some fun, family, friends and food!

Continue reading Valentines Day | Celebration | Love | Relationships | Cooking | Fun

From Christmas to Epiphany

27 Dec 2014

Christmas may be over more quickly than the children would like but Epiphany is soon after. Here are some ideas for all the family.

Continue reading Christmas | Epiphany | Blessing | Discussion | Games

Advent calendars online

29 Nov 2014

Why not take a look at some of the Advent calendars available online! Some have games, activities, word searches; others have scripture readings and/or prayers; and even others have videos showing the Christmas story in two minutes.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Calendar

Advent calendars galore

27 Nov 2014

Here's a selection of ideas for making your own Advent calendar, so why not have a go - you can always have a shop-bought one as well!

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Calendar | Craft

Halloween sparkle

19 Oct 2014

Halloween can lead to a variety of opinions - some are not comfortable with it, others are, some feel it can be a time of 'safe scares', while others may choose alternative approaches or celebrate All Saints' Day instead. The following simple decorative and edible ideas are offered for families to use if, and as, they feel appropriate to explore Bible themes of 'light and dark', bringing some light into the darkness, and smiley rather than scary faces.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Halloween | Craft | Cooking | Fun | Bible

Pumpkin prayer

14 Oct 2014

For those wanting to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, here is a prayer to use alongside.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Halloween | Craft | Pumpkin | Prayer

Halloween heart of hope

7 Oct 2014

Some may say Halloween is a night of excitement, friendly frights and safe scares. But for the children of Syria, the fear is very real - and it's every night of the year. World Vision's Night of Hope offers creative ways of using the traditional Halloween pumpkin to offer a heart of hope to the children of Syria, showing them we have not forgotten them.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Halloween | Craft | Cooking | Pumpkin | Prayer

Memory prayer pinboad

17 Sep 2014

Before the memories of summer pass - capture the moment. And, as you look ahead, recognise the hopes - and maybe the fears. Draw these together to celebrate and pray using your own personalised pinboard.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Craft | Fun

Anxious about school - might a prayer loom band help?

12 Sep 2014

If you have a child, teenager, grandchild or godchild who is apprehensive about school, a prayer loom band could be a help.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Craft | Fun

Choc n chat conversation cards

27 Aug 2014

How well do families know each other - their likes and dislikes, hopes and fears? Words don't come easy sometimes, so here is a fun and easy way to chat and get to know more about each other.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Fun | Communication | Feelings

Bubble prayers

20 Aug 2014

A fun way for all ages to pray using a simple bottle of bubbles.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun

Edible crafts to explore faith at home

14 Aug 2014

Have fun together as a family while exploring Bible stories with some simple edible Bible crafts (savoury and sweet) that use readily available ingredients and equipment and require no cooking.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Bible story | Craft | Cooking

Praying with chatterbox

30 Jul 2014

The 'chatterbox' has been popular with males and females of all ages for many years. In this idea, we use it as a fun and creative way to pray.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun | Craft

Praying with loom bands

17 Jul 2014

The loom band craze appeals to both males and females, young and old, and can be used as a fun and creative way to pray for others and yourself.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun | Craft

Names of God dominoes game

25 Jun 2014

A dominoes game to celebrate the names and nature of God. It is quick and easy to make and play!

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Game | Craft | Fun | God | Attributes

Tasty Pentecost biscuits

4 Jun 2014

At Pentecost, we celebrate God sending the Holy Spirit to help us in our lives and be more like Jesus. Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the church. Have a go at making these tasty Pentecost biscuits with a flame 'window'.

Continue reading Pentecost | Celebration | Holy Spirit | Cooking

Prayer flower garden

29 May 2014

Make a prayer garden for all the family to use with everday craft materials.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun | Craft

Praying fingers

21 May 2014

One hand, four stickers and two fun ways to pray for other people and yourself!

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Fun

Prayer cube

14 May 2014

What can we say when we pray before a meal or at bedtime? This simple, inexpensive and fun idea allows you to make your own prayer cube using the template provided. Just toss the cube and read the words written on the top as your prayer.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Craft

Praying with lollies!

7 May 2014

A simple, fun and tasty way to pray together as a family. Simply colour some lolly sticks, select some prayer topics and you are ready to go.

Continue reading Prayer | Everyday ideas | Craft | Fun

Make your own Easter garden

14 Apr 2014

Making an Easter garden is a visual reminder of the setting in which Jesus died and then rose again to new life. Suitable for all ages, it is something that can be an important part for families preparing for Easter.

Continue reading Lent | Easter | Good Friday | Easter Sunday | Craft | Gardening

Bible story competition: Friends and Heroes

28 Feb 2014

Friends and Heroes are looking for readers, young or old, to present Bible Stories in an innovative way - to bring them to life for children - and you could win a special prize!

Continue reading Bible story | Competition

Carry it with you

23 Jan 2014

This simple craft idea helps to think about God protecting us wherever we are and wherever we go. It is a reminder of God's promise of protection in Psalm 139.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Craft | Psalm 139

Exploring faith while watching Frozen

16 Jan 2014

Frozen is another Disney great, suitable for all ages. And it is not just a film for Christmas - it also illustrates aspects of the Easter story. Grab some popcorn and chat about it as a family or with friends. Some ideas are included to get you started.

Continue reading TV Film | Frozen | Easter | Values | Discussion | Relationships | Love

Chalking the door

23 Dec 2013

Chalking the door is a modern take on an old tradition of praying for God's blessing on a home and those who live there, remembering the wise men coming to Jesus' house. Bless your home and family this new year by chalking the door. Just download the order of service and follow the video.

Continue reading Christmas | Epiphany | Family | Home | Blessing

Remembrance Sunday - thinking about conflict and peace

29 Oct 2013

Why do people argue and fight? Is it ever right to fight? How do we feel when we argue? What does the Bible say about conflict and war? Explore these and other questions with the help of a Bible story.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Remembrance Sunday | War | Peace | Discussion | Bible story

Remembrance Sunday - the cross and the poppy

28 Oct 2013

This idea looks at the story behind the cross and the poppy, shows you how to create your own remembrance poppy and looks at how Remembrance Sunday is marked around the world.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Remembrance Sunday | Traditions | Discussion | Craft

Halloween - exploring light and dark

25 Oct 2013

Use these fun ideas with torches to explore what the Bible has to say about light and dark, and then discuss as a family how you might be a light to help others in darkness.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Halloween | Bible | Fun | Discussion

Halloween-friendly pumkins

23 Oct 2013

The tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween need not be all about scary faces. Why not try the following as a family?

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Halloween | Craft | Pumpkin

Summer memories

30 Aug 2013

Summer may be coming to an end but we can keep the memories alive! Have you done things, been places, had fun? Create a special memories board to remind you.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Summer | Memories | Craft

Summer activities for families to share

21 Jun 2013

Looking for ideas to have fun and time together as a family over the summer. Then simply download these free summer activity sheets.

Continue reading Summer | Games | Cooking | Craft | Family | Faith

Praying together as a family

10 May 2013

Learning to pray as a family is no different to learning how to develop bedtime routines or how to get everyone ready for school at the same time – practise, trial and error, good humour, looking on the Internet or sometimes asking other people how they manage. Just as we start by teaching babies and toddlers to say 'thank you' when they are given a drink or a biscuit, so this is a good way to start to learn to speak to God in prayer.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Praying | Family

Mothering Sunday - creative collage

25 Feb 2013

Mum, nan, aunt, friend, neighbour… this fun collage helps us to celebrate, pray and say thank you for those ladies who have played an important part in our lives.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Mothering Sunday | Craft

When God seems far away - seeing things differently

11 Feb 2013

Children and adults may go through times in their lives when God seems far away, or they cannot feel or see God in their lives. These can be difficult times for a child or indeed an adult. The following idea is a visual way of trying to help understand these times.

Continue reading Everday ideas | Faith | Doubt | Children | Family | Prayer

Children doubting faith - can the Bible help?

30 Jan 2013

Many children do go through times of doubt about their faith. It may be reassuring to know that there are people in the Bible who have also experienced this - for example, David in Psalm 3. But how can it help us in our times of difficulty or doubt? Find out more and explore four different activities suitable for both younger and older children.

Continue reading Everday ideas | Faith | Doubt | Children | Family | Bible | Psalms | Prayer | Craft

Children doubting faith - can it happen?

16 Jan 2013

It is not uncommon to meet adults who have at some point struggled with their faith, wondered about the existence of God or found it difficult to 'see' or 'feel' God in their lives. Can the same happen to children and, if so, how can we help?

Continue reading Faith | Doubt | Children | Family

Epiphany - sleeping under the stars

26 Dec 2012

Epiphany is when Christians celebrate the wise men visiting Jesus. This is a fun activity for all the family to explore this part of Christmas.

Continue reading Christmas | Epiphany | Discussion | Games

Make your own crib

17 Dec 2012

This activity helps families make their own crib and consider what gifts they might bring, and ways to develop this further.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Craft | Crib | Gifts | Discussion

Flap the donkey race

10 Dec 2012

Don't get in a flap, take some time to have some festive fun flapping from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This fun game can be enjoyed by all ages as you recall the journey Mary and Joseph made.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Games | Mary | Joseph | Journey to Bethlehem

Make your own Advent calendar

30 Nov 2012

A simple fun way for all the family to explore together the traditional Christmas story during Advent. With or without chocolate, the choice is yours...

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Craft | Calendar

Paperless Christmas

26 Nov 2012

A free online resource giving families the opportunity to journey together through the Christmas story and have fun in the process.

Continue reading Christmas | Advent | Nativity story | Online | Animation | Fun | Ideas

Christmas around the world

12 Nov 2012

How is Christmas celebrated around the world? Explore ideas from New Zealand, Southern India, Chile and Argentina including 'summer' Christmas cards, decorations and edible hay bales.

Continue reading Christmas | Traditions | Craft | Baking | New Zealand | India | Chile | Argentina

Remembrance Sunday - a fun way in

31 Oct 2012

This simple idea offers families the opportunity to enter into a fun challenge together leading into a focus of what Remembrance Sunday means and how families can pray.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Prayer | Remembrance Sunday | Remembering | War

Capture your summer memories

3 Sep 2012

The summer holidays may be over but capture those memories before they disappear. As a family, gather together photos and other items. Learn more about what each person has most enjoyed and use it as a prayer prompt in the months ahead.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Summer | Memories | Craft | Prayer

Fruity fun for Harvest prayers

31 Aug 2012

This fruity fun idea provides a way that families can pray together at Harvest time using four everyday fruits - apple, banana, lemon and grapes. Using these four simple items, we can pray for 4, 14, 40 or any number of people.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Harvest | Thanksgiving | Prayer | Fruit

Harvest matters

31 Aug 2012

Some ideas that you could use at home to remind us all, young and old, that thanksgiving and responsibility should go hand in hand.

Continue reading Harvest | Food | World | Thanksgiving | Responsibility | Fair trade

Values for all!

14 Aug 2012

This idea looks at some values important in sports and how we might all live them out. Courage, determination, inspiration and equality... what can they mean for us?

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Sports | Values

Medals for all!

23 Jul 2012

Everyone is a winner. Use this fun idea to make your own medals, have an awards ceremony and build one another up with positive words in the process.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Sports | Celebration | Craft | Cooking

Build a walled city

16 Jul 2012

Ever fancied building your own walled city? What would you put inside? How high would you build the wall? What can you use to build the strongest, highest tower?

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Summer | Craft

Summertime fun: creation-themed picnic

13 Jul 2012

Transform your summer lunch into a creation picnic in a few, quick, easy steps.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Summer | Creation | Food | Picnic

Colour-changing flowers

11 Jul 2012

Did you know that flowers can change colour? They can! This fun, low-cost idea shows how. It also reminds us not only of God's wonderful creation of flowers, animals and us, but also of how special we are to God and how he can change us into something even better.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Summer | Creation | Flowers | Craft

Famous dads

28 May 2012

Famous dads - can you think of any? Have a go at this fun idea and test your Bible knowledge too. We'll give you some clues to get you started.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Fathers | Games | Bible stories

Shabbat-style evening gathering

10 Apr 2012

Shabbat is a traditional Jewish celebration that takes place every Friday evening. It offers a richness of family time - giving thanks, prayer and sharing a nice meal. Meet three Christian families who share their experience of this celebration together with their children. Why not have a go in your home?

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Shabbat | Celebration | Prayer | Food | All ages

Empty tomb rolls

19 Mar 2012

A baking activity for the Easter weekend which provides a simple visual way to explain how Jesus' body disappeared from the tomb.

Continue reading Easter | Cooking | Bread

Remember Me

14 Mar 2012

This free short animated video clip from Friends and Heroes Productions tells the Easter story to music. It is suitable for all ages.

Continue reading TV film | Video | Animation | Easter

Egg and spoon obstacle course

27 Jan 2012

It's hard to give things up, and very tempting to 'give up' in the wrong way! Here is an obstacle course for Lent to see if you can stay 'on course' or fall off when the going gets tricky. It is both fun and thought-provoking, linking to the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness.

Continue reading Lent | Games | Obstacles | Temptation

A new year

31 Dec 2011

A prayer to begin the journey into the new year.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Prayer | Transitions | New Year

Satsuma prayers

8 Dec 2011

One of the characteristics of late autumn and winter, and even Christmas, is the appearance of satsumas. Victoria Beech offers a simple, fun and healthy prayer idea using satsumas.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Prayer | Satsumas | Christmas

Christmas carol fun

23 Nov 2011

This quick and easy Christmas carol game needs no preparation and can be enjoyed anywhere by people of all ages.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Games | Carols

Joseph's coloured cakes

11 Jul 2011

Do you like cakes? If so, this is the fun, yum way to learn and enjoy the story of Joseph. And you get to eat the cakes too!

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Bible story | Joseph | Cooking | Relationships | Forgiveness

Breakfast on the beach

4 Jul 2011

Find out more about Peter's miraculous catch and enjoy your own BBQ as part of the experience - although you may choose to use bacon if fish isn't your thing.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Bible story | Peter | Jesus | Fishing | Miracle | Cooking | BBQ

Joseph jelly

30 Jun 2011

Do you like jelly? If so, this is the fun, yum way to learn and enjoy the story of Joseph. And you get to eat the jelly too!

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Bible story | Joseph | Cooking | Jelly | Relationships | Forgiveness

Handling money God's way

17 Jun 2011

Helping children to understand the value of money and how to use it wisely isn't always easy. These books are designed to help children and parents/teachers get to grips with the issue.

Continue reading Books | Money | Parents | Children

Celebrating Pentecost - Happy Birthday

18 May 2011

Pentecost is the Christian festival that comes after Easter Sunday. For ideas to celebrate, read on.

Continue reading Pentecost | Celebration | Holy Spirit | Birthday

Prayer and thanks cross

18 Feb 2011

This simple idea gives families and individuals an opportunity to reflect on the highlights and challenges of life in the run up to Easter and beyond on a weekly basis, and to pray and give thanks for these things.

Continue reading Easter | Craft | Cross | Prayer

Plaited bread

4 Feb 2011

A way to remember the three temptations Jesus faced in the desert by baking some plaited bread.

Continue reading Lent | Cooking | Bread | Temptation

Bible riddles

25 Jan 2011

A fun challenge for all ages. Can you answer these Bible riddles? This activity could be used as a fun time, or as a team game with friends and family.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Bible | Games | All ages

Talking about feelings using colours

18 Jan 2011

Talking about feelings isn't always easy. Colours are often associated with feelings. This simple idea of using colours enables families to talk about feelings, and then pray for themselves and others.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Feelings | Colours | Discussion | Prayer

Wish lists and prayer

17 Jan 2011

Maybe wish lists are not just for Christmas and birthdays! If you could wish for 2 things, what would they be and what might God's wishes be? A springboard for discussion and prayer.

Continue reading Creative ideas | Wishes | Discussion | Prayer

All things new

4 Jan 2011

Using the senses of hearing, taste and sight, this idea provides a way of discussing and praying when facing change.

Continue reading Everyday ideas | Transitions | Discussion | Prayer

Christmas candle holder

17 Dec 2010

A fun activity for all ages to provide a reminder, through Advent and Christmas, of the true story behind the season.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Craft | Candle holder

Christmas wordmaker

16 Dec 2010

A fun game for individuals or the whole family based on the word CHRISTMAS.

Continue reading Christmas | Games

Make your own Christingle

13 Dec 2010

A fun activity for all the family to provide a reminder, through Advent and Christmas, of the true story behind the season.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Craft | Christingle | Prayer

Christmas begins with an 'S'

10 Dec 2010

Some thoughts and ideas to help parents and children find ways to celebrate Advent and the Christmas story at home and remember the true meaning.

Continue reading Advent | Christmas | Traditions | Craft | Baking | Reading | Saviour

Colourful creation

4 Nov 2010

A feast of sound and colour, awe and wonder brings to life the story of creation in a vivid and funny way. Discover this story through rhyme, beautiful illustrations and lift-the-flap excitement. Suitable for 5 to 7 year-olds.

Continue reading Books | Creation | Universe | Responsibility | Recycling | 5 - 7 years

Terrific Tales & Staggering Stories From the Bible

3 Nov 2010

This book is an excellent introduction to the stories of the Bible, from creation to Jesus' birth, death and resurrection. Particularly suitable for independent reading of boys in the 6 to 10 age range.

Continue reading Books | Bible | Stories | Introduction | Boys | 6 - 10 years

My First Book About Jesus

2 Nov 2010

A delightful collection of episodes from the life of Jesus from his birth right through to his ascension suitable for young children.

Continue reading Books | Jesus | Major events | Young children

The Barnabas Book of Bible Questions

1 Nov 2010

So many questions... discover together the answers to some of those burning questions from the Bible. Suitable for all ages and knowledge.

Continue reading Books | Bible story | Chronological order | 7 - 11 years
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