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talk.pray.do July

During a family night- ask your children these three questions.

  • What’s your favorite summer activity?
  • What does JOY mean?
  • What are you celebrating today?



PRAY: In addition to the Prayer Pail, this month speak a blessing to your children; your affirmation will give tremendous encouragement to your child as they strive to be more joyful. Tell your child that he/she is a blessing from God to you. (Psalm 127:3). Tell them about the first day you saw them, how you picked their name. Show them pictures and explain how much JOY they have brought to your family.

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!

DO: We hope this month’s Take Home Summer Bucket List will help your family identify all the ways you plan to celebrate the rest of the summer. Mostly, we hope it reminds you that when you follow Jesus, the biggest celebration of all is still to come.  Joy comes from knowing there’s always something to celebrate. So practice your joy daily, and let others see the promise of heaven in you!

Each time you complete something on your list bring back a souvenir for the bucket, ie. Seashell, game ticket, photo.  You’ll create a summer full of intentional joy for your family, and you’ll be able to talk with your children about why God says there’s always a reason to celebrate!

We want to hear about your family’s joy-filled summer.  Share your stories by connecting with us, using #KCJoyBomb.      Let’s joy-bomb this summer, one memory at a time.


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March talk.pray.do: Balance




  • What is the best thing about our family?
  • What do you think makes a happy family?
  • Tell each person in the family why you are glad they are part of our family
  • What three words describe our family?



Children love to hear you say what you think about them. Your words are powerful in the shaping of their hearts. As you tuck them in spend a few minutes telling them what you see in their heart. Things like honesty, friendship, love, forgiveness, and loyalty. Remind them that these things are so much more important than what they look like on the outside. Pray together and ask God to protect their heart. Pray that they grow up with a loving heart that follows after God.


This month use the family take home kit to have a game night playing the classic egg and spoon race…a game about balance.  Add obstacles in the course and talk with your children about how it was more difficult to see the finish line and focus on balancing the egg.  Share how God is always with us, even in the midst of imbalances and obstacles.

Feel free to use other variations as well: use your mouth to hold the spoon as you race through an obstacle, use a raw egg; add obstacles to the playing area; require players to march, skip, side-step, etc.  Be creative, but most importantly have fun and enjoy your family.

As we begin the 40 days of balance  we in Kids Community encourage your family to check out  check out the lists of examples on the Vista 40 Days page, which may inspire you!  We encourage you to share your experiences over these 40 Days on your site’s Facebook page, or on your Twitter or Instagram accounts (#40Days #VistaStories). We’d love to have a compilation of steps toward balance that we can share to inspire one another.

How will your family intentionally focus on what Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).

Connect with us: Share your Family Night photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @vistachurches @vistadublin @vistaworthington  #talkpraydo #vistafamilies

February talk.pray.do. Prayer

Prayer is having a conversation with God!

Isn’t it incredible that we can actually talk to God? The God who made the world and the God who made us, wants to talk to us.

God says: “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

I don’t know what you think about when you think of “family prayer”, but growing up in my house it was something that was rarely talked about, much less put into practice. It was rarely modeled, except for maybe at Thanksgiving.

Our hope this month is that you will start praying together as a family. That you will carve out time in your normal routine to gather up your family and pray. It could be at the dinner table, or it could be at bedtime. Pick a time that works best for you.

The talk.pray.do kit we sent home is a great tool to help you establish this practice of praying as a family. As you get your family into the habit of praising, thanking, and asking God for help, we hope this will truly impact their hearts and attitudes.

Imagine if we taught our children to pray, and they grew up trusting God with everything in their life. What if they truly believed that the God who made the whole world really cares about what’s happening in their life? He does!

The truth is we all need to be turning to God no matter what we’re facing. Big or small, He cares about what’s going on in our lives. When we pray it changes us! It causes us to trust in God and believe He’s listening and cares, and it motivates us to care about others. Prayer is powerful.

Start right now! Pray together. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just talk to God! He promises that He’s listening!

How do you carve out time for your family to pray together?