Tonight was our first Family Worship Night. I first have to say a huge THANK YOU to Danielle Bell for her inspiration and ideas! Greg and I took Danielle’s “Family Worship Experience” workshop at KidMin 2015 and I immediately knew I had to implement it with Kaleidoscope Kids. Deuteronomy 6 is very important to Greg’s and my vision for Family Ministry so I decided to call our worship nights D6:7. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
The purpose of these nights is to give families an opportunity to worship together and to spark conversations about their faith throughout the week. It was very important to me that I not teach the entire time, but to allow families to have their own discussions and come to their own conclusions.
We will have quarterly D6:7 Family Worship Nights and our theme for this year is Disney movies. Being that it’s January, tonight’s theme was based on the movie “Frozen.” We called it “UnFrozen: Let Sin Go.” Once again, I have to give credit to Danielle, because I got this idea from her blog (check it out here!). Many of our activities came from her own Frozen event, with a few unique ideas of our own.
I was very nervous for tonight. This was a rough week in the Snider house, as all three of us were hit with the stomach flu and little lady has been teething four molars. Needless to say, I put off a lot of the work until today. Two hours before the event was to start, the power went out at the church! I decided not to cancel and to just pray the power would come back in time. I knew I had a freezer full of ice cream and so worst case scenario – everyone could just sit around and eat ice cream so it didn’t go to waste. I asked for prayers from my friends on the KidMin Inside Track Team and, there is power in prayer, because within an hour the power was back! Here are the highlights from the actual event:
As families arrived, they had an arrival activity on the table. Each person had to write a sin they struggle with, share it with their family, and then crumple the paper into a ball. We used these for a later activity. We also had a photo booth set up for them to take family pictures. We had a great turnout, even more than signed up. It was encouraging to see kids, parents, grandparents, and even one great-grandparent worshipping together!
We opened with a worship song (“Alive” by Hillsong Young and Free) which got everyone up and moving. Families were then asked to discuss what sin is, and we came back together to hear the answers.
The favorite part of the night was our Snowball Fight using the sin balls from the arrival activity. We discussed how the snowball fight is like our sin – it just keeps coming back no matter how hard we try to get rid of it! We then watched a hilarious video by the Skit Guys about how Jesus washes us white as snow.
For our reflective worship, each person held an ice cube heart and was told to think about how this Frozen Heart is like our hearts. We had prayer and reflection while worshiping to Yancy’s “I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)”. When we came back as a group, the kids discussed how the pain they felt from the ice cube was like the pain Jesus felt on the cross. We also talked about how Jesus warms and melts our hearts.
For closing, each family decorated a folder. Inside each folder was a take-home devotional, with discussion questions from the movie “Frozen.” We encouraged them to use this folder for take-home papers from future events and Sunday services. That way, when they want to have a faith-talk, they just have to open their folder.
We ended the night with a frozen treat – ice cream sundaes! The event lasted one hour, and the timing was perfect. Families left energized and actually stayed a bit longer to fellowship with one another. We heard a lot of positive feedback and there is already excitement our next Family Worship Night!
My prayer for these events is to see families worshiping together, conversations being continued at home, and relationships being built among families in our church. I think tonight was the start of a beautiful thing!