The ladies of our church are reading Adventist Home together. One of the things that keeps popping up in the book is the care of our youth. How are we making God seem like the best option when the world is so flamboyant and attractive? It's our mission as parents to represent God here on earth and show them his love and mercy, but also the joy there is to be had when following him. How do we do that?
We all know that the Sabbath is under siege and having our children hear about Friday night football, or Saturday sports tournaments, make it difficult to make sitting in a church pew sound fun. We know that making the transition can be, to say the least, interesting. We've been asked what are some ways we make Sabbath enjoyable for our children and decided to share some of the ways that we celebrate our love for God with our families, while still having fun too.
• Put together a puzzle while listening to bible stories- Some of our favorites are The Bible In Living Sound and Your Story Hour. There is even a new dramatized audio series put together for The Desire of Ages, The Great Controversy, and Steps to Christ.
• Geocaching- This is probably an activity for better weather days but fun too. Geocaching is basically a treasure hunt, you log into the app to find geocache locations, they usually give you a clue on how to find the container. Once you find the container you check it off in your app. People sometimes leave souvenirs, you could leave a small tract for the next person who visits. (Be sure to search out your visits for locations with decent sized containers, you could even create your own geocache!
• Help the homeless- Buy a few loaves of bread (lots of bakeries and sandwich stores sell day old bread for really cheap) and make sandwiches to deliver. Take time visiting and praying if you can, leave them with an inspiring tract that shares God's love for us. Please be careful choosing a location, call homeless shelters to see if there is a place they'd recommend you visiting. Safety first!
• 20 questions- Have one person pick a person/place/thing from the bible, the group has 20 yes or no questions to ask to figure out what they picked.
• Paint rocks together- Make it a ministry by writing bible scriptures on them. Create your own hashtag so if people find them, they can tag you and maybe you can build a relationship that turns into a bible study and a won soul!
• Charades- Either act out or mold play doh to play charades, bible themed of course!
• Take a hike- The bible often uses nature as an example: the ants in Proverbs 6:6, the birds in Matthew 6:26, he doves in Matthew 10:16, etc. Why not share the beauty of God's creation on the Sabbath.
• Visit a nursing home- Many elderly aren't able to read their bibles anymore, they'd love for you to read to them or tell them the stories. Sing to them, talk with them, connection is important.
• Nature made bible stories- Have the kids gather twigs, rocks, branches, leaves, whatever they can find in nature to recreate a bible story. One idea as an example is you could use a log to create Noah's ark, use rocks as the animals 2x2, and a rock with a leaf as the dove with an olive leaf.
• Board games- There are now many bible inspired games. Apples to Apples Bible Edition, Cranium Bible Edition, Days of Daniel, Bible Ups and Downs, and many more. Try looking through the game section at any second hand store for lower than new prices.
• Build an indoor blanket fort- Snuggle up with blankets, flashlights and study together. Candle roasted marshmallows are optional but always make for more fun!
• Jam day- Play instruments together, or have an at home concert where everyone plays there favorite hymn for the family.
• Treasure hunt- Use bible verses as clues to find the treasure, while gaining treasure at the same time.
• Book ministry- Start with your neighbors, take them baked goods and books. Go to a Friday night movie, something Christian themed and pass out books too.
There are many more fun things to do together on Sabbath and still keep it holy. Children, and adults, learn best when they are excited to be doing it. Try some of these fun activities together and if we missed one that your family loves, we'd love to hear about it!