Get Them Talking: Discussion starters for families

United Methodist series of discussion starters for families. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
United Methodist series of discussion starters for families. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking is a series of resources to help families start conversations about faith during dinner, devotions or anytime.

Each month, we highlight a relevant topic and offer a Bible passage, a short reflection, some starter questions, a prayer, and an activity to help live into what we talk about. We designed these to be used daily or weekly throughout the month.

Imagine what your family will learn about God, the church, and each other when you get them talking!

Is there a topic you would like us to include as a devotional? Let us know.
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Get Them Talking discussion starter was posted in January 2019.

Mary said yes to God. Have a family conversation to talk about how each member will say yes to God in the year to come. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Promise

When the angel asked her, Mary said yes to God's promise. Start a family conversation to talk about how each member will say yes to God in the year to come.
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There are many ways to express thanksgiving. Scripture, prayer and questions will help get your family talking about an attitude of gratitude. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Gratitude

There are many ways to express thanksgiving. Scripture, prayer and some questions will help get your family talking about adopting an attitude of gratitude.
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Read a scripture passage. Discuss some questions. Pray together. Find ways your family can help one another be more holy. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Holiness

Read a scripture passage. Discuss some questions. Pray together. Find ways your family can help one another be more holy.
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Chat as a family about how to handle tasks we wish we didn’t have to do, and how we should always try our best, as if we’re doing it for God. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Work

Let's chat as a family about handling tasks we wish we didn’t have to do, and how we should always try our best, as if we’re doing it for God.
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When life gets busy, we are tempted to go, go, go. Stop for a moment with your family to talk about how God designed us with a need for rest. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Rest

When life gets busy, we are tempted to go, go, go. Stop for a moment with your family to talk about how God designed us with a need for rest.
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The Earth is God’s gift to us and God asks us to care for it. Get your family into a conversation about the beauty of our world, and our place in it. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Creation

The Earth is God’s gift to us and God asks us to care for it. Gather your family to discuss the beauty of the world, and our place in it.
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God gives us friends because we are stronger together. Celebrate your friends as a family. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Friends

Our friends support us and celebrate with us. Spend some time talking with your family about having good friends and being a good friend.
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Our family members are the people who know and love us best. Use these helps to talk together and thank God together for the gift of your family during Christian Home Month. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Family

Our family members are the people who know and love us best. Talk together and thank God together for the gift of your family.
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Celebrate joy with your family. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Joy

At Christians, we celebrate the joy of the Lord. Have a family chat about how faith shapes the happy times in your family.
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Use these ideas to start a conversation with your family about being forgiven and forgiving others. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Forgiveness

Those whom God forgives are called to be forgiving. Use these ideas to start a family talk about forgiving others.
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Get your family talking about love with this discussion starter. Caring for others is a way of showing them how much God loves us. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Love

One of the ways we show our love for Jesus is in caring for others in the same way that God loves us.
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The Bible teaches that being kind to others is one of the ways we can express our love for God. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking: Kindness

In a world where people are not always nice to one another, we remember that being kind is a way of serving God.
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