or a family night to be worthwhile, it needs to be fun and include everyone’s happy participation. For older kids, that will mean that they know in advance when it will be so that they can schedule homework and other important items in their schedule around the family time. Also, be sure that each week everyone gets to participate.
TOPIC: WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME?
Singing: How’s it going here? Is it fun? Are you learning some new, fun songs
Prayer: Have a sentence or two prayer, each thanking God for your home.
Scripture: Psalm 127:1a, “unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” This is a good reason we have family nights….we’re building our homes!
Goal: To help family members appreciate your Home and to encourage them to express this appreciation by doing at least one thing to make your home a happier place to live.
Note to Parents:
We often don’t take time as a family to think of the many beautiful ways in which God helps us make our house a home. Some day our children will reflect upon their home and re-live memories that we are in the process of building now. What will they think of? Will they have warm memories or remember that you seldom had the time for them?
God, the master builder, wants to use us, his Carpenters, to build beautiful homes.
Start this family time by mom and dad describing the house or houses that they grew up in. Not just how it looked, but also the “feel”. If it was a happy place, what made it so? If it wasn’t a happy place to grow up, be gracious in saying why.
Have each child draw a house on a piece of paper. Have them write on the doors and windows what they feel makes a happy home. Discuss what they write.
Play the “finish the sentence game:”
“…My home makes me feel________.”
“….The thing I like best about my home is______.”
“….My best memory about our home is________.”
“….I wish our home could be more _________.”
“….I am happiest when we____________.”
“….make up your own…”
The “Grand Tour”: Go into every room and have each person think of some way he/she can help make it a more happy room. Example: help keep he bathroom clean, make my bed, wash the dishes, etc.
For families with younger children, you may need to adapt these ideas a little but they can still be effective.
You may want to play house with the little ones. Let them dress up in your clothes. Let them be the father and mother and you be the children.
Close with a prayer and then some super-duper Refreshments. (Ever made a cake or cookies together, as a family? Try it……great fun!!!!).