This year, our Family Worship Nights are based around popular Board Games. Our kids have been learning about “How to Make Good Choices” on Sunday mornings, so the theme for this night was The Game of Life. I had some trouble finding decorating inspiration for this one. But I figured since Candy Land was so over-the-top, we could tone it down a notch this time!
As families entered, there was a game on each of the tables. There were six “would you rather” questions. Family members took turns rolling a die and answering the corresponding question. As families finished up, we talked about how the choices in the game were silly; life is full of choices, some silly and some serious, some small and some very important.
After a worship song, we brought out six jars of baby food for each table. The jars were not labeled, and families had to guess the flavor of each jar. They could use their sense of smell or taste. It was fun hearing their guesses and seeing the facial expressions! After about 10 minutes, I gave the answer to each of the jars. We talked about how babies don’t have a choice in what they eat – some of it tastes good and some not-so-good! As we get older, we are able to make more choices for ourselves. We then watched a short video clip from “What’s In the Bible” called “Who do you Trust?” ; which is about Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve faced a choice about what to eat or not to eat, but the real choice was whether or not to obey God.
We passed out a small bag of dominoes to each child (I ordered them from Oriental Trading). As the kids made paths from the standing up dominoes, they had to name different choices that they make. As a family, they discussed how the dominoes are like the choices we make. Just like one domino can knock down the rest, our choices affect our future and those around us. The kids were allowed to take home their dominoes as a reminder of the importance of their choices.
The last activity we did was an activity that came from our Maker Fun Factory VBS. I didn’t have time to do it during our VBS, but it fit it perfectly with this event! We gave each child a balloon and had them blow it up (not tie it). The parents stood a few feet away, as a goal post, and the children took turns trying to fly their balloon through the goal. The balloons flew all over the room, and never made it to the goal. I took a rocket balloon and taped it to a plastic straw. I then thread the straw onto a piece of fishing line. My assistant took the fishing line and stood across the room from me. When I let go of the balloon, it flew on the fishing line to my assistant. We talked about how the balloons didn’t have a path to follow, but the rocket balloon had a guide! The Bible is our guide, which helps us make the right choices. The families prayed and discussed ways they could stay on the right path.
We ended with a worship song and small snack. This event wasn’t as themed as ones in the past, but I think that was a benefit. The activities were still hands-on and spoke to the topic. The children were engaged, instead of distracted by decorations. Some of our worship nights are very well attended, and some are not. This one had low attendance but success is not always based on high numbers. As my husband said to me, hopefully the families that were there grew together spiritually. I know that was the case because one of the girls, as she was leaving, said “My favorite part of the night was spending time with my family!” It doesn’t get any more successful than that!