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Family Friday

Family Fridays: Jesus is the Comforter

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

On a cold winter night lay a comforter from your bed down on the floor.  Roll your child up in it.  They  usually love this.  Ask the children if they feel warm and snug.  You might also ask does it feel good to be warm and snug.  While they are immobilized by being wrapped in the blanket, tell them to stay there, get your Bible, and read about Jesus being the one who comforts us in our afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). From John Bennett, Preschool and Children’s Ministries Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, “Some Fun Family Devotional Ideas,” KBC Growing Ministries Tour.  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Family Fridays: Picture This!

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Get out your old family photos and go through them together.  You may want to sort and organize them as you go, but the main point is simply to enjoy them together.  Take plenty of time to reminisce. Together choose your top three, five, or ten photos in several categories; for example--funniest, weirdest, most embarrassing, happiest occasion, most serious occasion, most tired occasion, most energetic occasion, most awkward occasion, most formal occasion, most relaxed occasion, best shot for a Christmas card, best shot for a family scrapbook cover, best shot for a "wanted" poster, and best shot for a national magazine cover (just in case you get asked!)

Also, identify your oldest family photo, or make a visual family tree with a favorite photo of each person.

From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009).  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Family Fridays: Tell stories about your life.

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Ask your children to tell the story of their day.  Our family does this nightly at the dinner table.  Also, we like to tell stories to our girls about when we were kids or when we were dating.  Remember to include God's presence in the story.  Psalm 139:7-10 Adapted from John Bennett, Preschool and Children’s Ministries Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, “Some Fun Family Devotional Ideas,” KBC Growing Ministries Tour.  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Family Fridays: Never Bored with Board Games

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Have everyone choose a favorite board game, and take turns playing them all.  For some variety, allow the person who chose the game to make once rule change in how that game is played, and make it a fun alteration.  For example, in Scrabble, give everyone a five or ten-point bonus score for each word they play that includes a letter in their name.  Or in Monopoly, charge everyone a fifty-dollar fee, payable to the bank, each time they complete a turn without saying either "please" or "thank you." From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009).  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com