On the Go-GO
There’s nothing sweeter than playing a board game together as a
family-especially when it’s life-size and ends with learning like
Welcome to a Sweet Celebration-As families
arrive, explain that they’ll move through the game board to get a
lost son home. At each station along the way, families will
experience something together.
- Grandma Nut’s House-Have someone dressed up as
Grandma Nut sitting in a rocking chair. Grandma Nut retells the
story of the Prodigal Son in a creative way. Form small groups with
two families and have families stand and face each other. In each
small group, have one family be the actor and the other family be
the mirror. As Grandma Nut reads from Luke 15:11-19, the actor
family acts out the Scripture while the mirror family mirrors the
actions. Then have families change roles as Grandma Nut reads Luke
15:20-32. Afterward have small groups discuss: Why do you think the
father acted the way he did in the first part of this story? in the
second part of the story? Explain who you are most like in this
story: the father, the son who returns, or the older brother. How
can our family show mercy or compassion to one another?
- The Lollipop Woods-Set
lollipops into a foam block-but first color some ends of the
lollipop sticks with a marker (about one-third of them). Have each
person take a lollipop. Whoever chooses one with a colored stick
receives a full bag of lollipops. Have families discuss the
following questions around the theme of the inheritance given to
the Prodigal Son: What’s it like when somebody gets what you really
want-like the bag of lollipops? What are some things in your family
that no one can ever take away, such as love or patience? Think
about these things as inheritances. What’s something you hope to
inherit from your parents? something you hope to pass on to your
- Chocolate Swamp-Have families create beaded
bracelets as they discuss the things or people that make their
lives “sweet.” Before they leave this station, have family members
write or draw the thing that makes their lives sweet on the butcher
paper that represents the chocolate swamp.
- Gingerbread Orchard-At this station, families
brainstorm how to show mercy to people after the event, just as the
father did when his son returned home. Have families decorate
construction paper circles to look like their favorite candy. Then
have families each create a reminder to show mercy in the upcoming
week by writing what they’ll do on the back of their candy. Invite
families to pray together, committing to encourage and support one
other as they show mercy to the person they chose.
- The Ice Cream Sea-Conclude your evening by
having families create a huge banana split sundae! Line up plastic
bowls along a counter or row of tables. Let each person have three
scoops of ice cream, a banana, and a variety of toppings such as
graham cracker crumbles, crushed fruit, cherries, and chocolate.
Take a photo of the entire group in front of the “Ice Cream Sea”
before everyone digs into their sweet snack.
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