It’s always a good idea to ask the kids and your wife the question: “Are you guys enjoying our Family Nights?” If their answer is yes, AMEN!! Keep up the good work.
If the answer is a reluctant and hard to hear “not really”, then go to work figuring out how you can make it a fun, memorable experience. It may be that you’re talking “over their heads”, or, the FNs may be going too long, or, you’re being too “preachy”, or ? Be determined to make it a fun experience. Find out by asking, humbly, how things could go better. First ask your wife, ask other dads, ask your kids. We’re building a life time of fun memories……it’s hard work sometimes!
TOPIC: LIGHT NIGHT
Singing: Be sure this is fun. Get help if it isn’t.
Prayer: Have a sentence or two prayer, each person thanking God for your home.
Scripture: I Peter 2:9, 10.
Lesson: Read I Peter 2:9, 10.
1. Emphasize “chosen people” and talk about how special your children are. Use this time to talk about all the great qualities you see in each child. Talk about how happy you are that God “chose” you to be their parents.
2. Talk about the phrase “called out of darkness into his wonderful light”
a – Ask “how do you like being in the dark”? Tell them scary story about how you were afraid in the dark as a child. Make it exciting and humorous.
b-Explain that God says people that are not disciples of Jesus are in darkness. (Explain that it grieves God that people are not disciples. That he desires for everyone to be saved and that’s the reason we need to spend our lives helping that happen).
1-Ask: “What is the worst thing about being in the dark?” (the answer that you’re looking for is that “you can’t see where you’re going”)
2-“What happens when you can’t see where you’re Going?” (the answer: you can get hurt).
3-Explain that living without God and his word is just like living in the dark all the time.
4-Talk about how we need to talk to God all the time also.
3. Prepare ahead of time enough candles or flashlights for everyone in the family. If possible, have dad’s candle bigger that the rest of the family’s. Darken the room. Ask the kids how they like being in the dark. Then dad should light his candle. He then should light mom’s and she should light the oldest childs’, and so on. End up with talking about Mt. 5:14-16. Memorize together vs. 16
Close with a prayer and a fun snack and game!