Hey, Do I Know You?
Interview each other to get to know one another better. Pair up family members and ask them to find out some things that others may not know. Set the timer for three minutes and ask one another questions. (You could set the timer for short periods, ask the question, let everyone discuss it, and then repeat.) At the end, ask each one to share some of the new facts they learned about their partner.
Some ideas for questions:
- What is your favorite food?
- How would you spend $100, if you had it?
- What chore do you dislike most? Why?
- If you could be any animal, what would like to be?
- What do you like to do on a rainy day?
Knowing facts is the first step in getting to know someone better. As we learn more about Jesus, we will know and love Him more.
Follow the Leader
Pair up family members (or friends who are visiting) and appoint one as the leader and the other as the follower. Ask them to stand facing one another and the follower must see how quickly he can do exactly what the leader does (make a face, raise an arm, lift a leg, make a noise, run in place, etc.). After a minute or so, swap roles.
Did you like being the leader or the follower?
What did the follower have to do so he could follow the leader? (He had to watch; he had to pay attention; he had to actually do it; etc.)
If we are to be like Jesus, how can we follow Him? (We must look at His example in the Bible; we must do what He did; etc.)
Jesus went around doing good. (Acts 10:38)
What are some good things Jesus did? (He was kind to young children. He listened. He helped. He forgave. He loved others even when they didn’t love Him.)
When we do good things for others, we are following His example.
– Pumpkin or other fruit
– Index cards
Go to a pumpkin farm, if possible and pick a pumpkin (or just use the pumpkin that may be sitting on your front porch). Talk about being connected to the vine.
Elementary students are learning John 15:5 (I am the vine; you are the branches…)
How does a pumpkin (or any fruit) keeping growing? (It must be connected to the vine; it needs certain things like sunshine and water; etc.)
Read or ask the kids to say John 15:5.
Jesus compared Himself to a vine and us to branches. Just as the branch must be connected to the vine to have life, we must be connected to Jesus to have spiritual life. We need His life and help to produce good fruit (love, joy, kindness, patience, etc.) and follow Jesus’ example.
Run a relay to review the verse. Write the words of the verse on ten index cards – some cards will need more than one word to make them fit on ten cards. (Enlist the kids to help – writing it is another way to help them learn the verse.) Place the cards on one side of the room in a mixed up order and line up everyone on the other side. Time them to see how quickly they can gather the words of the verse and put them in the correct order ALL while staying connected to each other. When the verse is in the correct order, say it together. Repeat and see if they can do it faster.