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.
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.
The first Get Them Talking discussion starter was posted in January 2019 with new devotionals added in 2021.
Get Them Talking: Generosity
Let's talk about generosity. As Christians, we believe that all we have is a gift from God. Being grateful makes it easier to be a cheerful giver.
Get Them Talking: One of a Kind
The Bible tells us that differences are God's design. Let's talk about and celebrate our diversity - and uniqueness - as God's children.
Get Them Talking: Trust
In the same way that we demonstrate our trust in parents and teachers by doing what they ask of us, we show our trust in God by following God’s way.
Get Them Talking: Be encouraged
Hard things happen to all of us. Let's talk about how knowing that God is in control can encourage us even during difficult times.
Get Them Talking: Growing
Some growth happens automatically. Other growth takes attention and practice. Chat with your family about ways we can grow as followers of Jesus.
Get Them Talking: Vitality
Start a conversation with your family about the importance of being a part of a United Methodist church community where we can do more together than by ourselves.
Get Them Talking: Celebrate!
There are times to be serious and times to celebrate! Chat with your family about how we can celebrate one another.
Get Them Talking: Connected
Good connections to God and others build us up. The Bible teaches us to have—and be—good friends.
Get Them Talking: Helping others
Missions can be as simple as helping the person next to you. Talk together about how we serve God by serving others.
Get Them Talking: I'm sorry
Everyone makes mistakes. When that happens, Jesus tells us to make it right, which often starts with the words, “I’m sorry.”
Get Them Talking: Transform
What would you like to do differently this year? One way to allow God to transform us is to look to God for guidance in everything.
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.
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.
Get Them Talking: Holiness
Read a scripture passage. Discuss some questions. Pray together. Find ways your family can help one another be more holy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Them Talking: Forgiveness
Those whom God forgives are called to be forgiving. Use these ideas to start a family talk about forgiving others.
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.
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.