First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Family Devotional

Family Devotional- Episode #12

Begin by reminding everyone that we have been exploring the Holy Spirit, that piece of God that lives inside each of us. Remind them of the wind – the Ruach – that blows not only outside of us in the form of wind, but inside us in the form of breath. Introduce today’s reading by explaining that Jesus has now… Read More »


Family Devotional Episode #11

Read Galatians 5:22-25 from the N.I.V. translation Remind everyone that we have been studying the Holy Spirit, that piece of God’s presence that God puts inside all of us. Explain that this Spirit starts small but begins to grow inside us. Over time it actually spills out of us into the world. What Paul calls the “fruits of the Spirit”… Read More »


Family Devotional Episode #10

Read John 15:1-5 in a child friendly translation such as the NIV or The Message. Take a walk outside in a woods or where there are a good number of trees. Have everyone search for a tree branch or even a twig that has fallen off of its tree. See if they can also find the tree that the branch… Read More »


Family Devotional Episode #9

If you have any flexibility as to when you share this devotion with your family, wait for a time when a decent breeze is blowing, when you can see the leaves moving back and forth and feel it on your face. Remind everyone of last week’s reading from John 14, where Jesus told his disciples than when he had to… Read More »


Family Devotional- Episode # 8

Read John 14 verse 16 and verse 26 from a family friendly translation such as the NIV or The Message. Ask your family if they’ve ever heard of the Holy Spirit before and what they think it is. Brainstorm together about how Jesus might get such a Counselor or Spirit to us AND how such a Counselor or Spirit might… Read More »


Family Devotional- #7

Read Matthew 4:18-22 together in a family friendly translation like the NIV or The Message. Ask what these fishermen would have been giving up and setting aside to follow Jesus. (You might want to make it clear that this following wasn’t just for an afternoon or a brief period but for years.) Ask why someone might make a choice like… Read More »


Family Devotional- Episode #6

  1. Set up and execute a “trust fall” for your child or children. Perhaps use a picnic table outside as the place from which your child will fall back into the safe and waiting arms of the rest of you. * You may want to recruit a couple adolescent or adult neighbors to help you do this super safely…. Read More »


Family Devotional- Episode #5

Read the Lord’s prayer as Jesus instructed us to say it in Matthew 6:9-13 from the New International Version (not one with “thee’s” and “thy’s”) Reread verse 10 – “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and ask your kids to imagine what they think God’s kingdom would be like here on earth…. Read More »


Family Devotional- Episode #4

*If possible, have this conversation outdoors in nature! Read 1st John 4:11-12 from a family friendly translation like The Message or The New International Version. (Remember this is the 1st letter of John toward the very end of the New Testament, NOT the Gospel of John) Ask everyone to think of and share some examples of how God loves us. (Be… Read More »


Family Devotional – Episode #3

Read Luke 10:25-37 from The Message translation or the NIV. Ask your children what they noticed or found interesting about the story. Ask them why the two priests might have walked on by without helping. Reread verses 34 -35, which describe exactly what the Samaritan did. Then ask why they think he did all that. Reread the very last line… Read More »