Family Nights a Go-Go

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On the Go-GO

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There’s nothing sweeter than playing a board game together as a
family-especially when it’s life-size and ends with learning like
this!

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?
  • LollipopThe 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
    children?
  • 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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