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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

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.

2. Sit down at the picnic table and debrief the experience. Ask questions like:
       What was hardest about that for you?
       When were you the most scared?
       When did you feel your fear go away?
       What did you learn from this experience?

3. Read Matthew 14:22-33 from a family translation like the NIV or The Message. Discuss the following questions:
        What do you think it would have been like to be a disciple on that boat? What separated Peter from the other 11?
        Why do you think he reacted to the situation and Jesus walking on the water the way he did?
        How was Peter’s experience like the trust fall that we just did? What do you think Peter learned from this experience?

4. Close with the following prayer:

Dear God, trust can be really hard. Thank you for giving us parents that we can trust. Thank you for a mom and dad’s hands that catch us when we are falling. Thank you for giving Jesus for us to trust as well. Thank you that he will always be there to catch us like he caught Peter when we are trying to follow him. Amen.