As families leave, give each one a chocolate bar with a wrapper
that reminds them to show mercy to others and each other during the
week. Here’s a downloadable candy wrapper. Also give them a
card they can turn in later to redeem a copy of the photo from the
banana split event.
WINTER OLYMPIC FUN NIGHT
Use this theme to help families discover that we’re part of the
larger (global) body of Christ and that we’re all given different
gifts. Teach families to go for the gold by embracing the diversity
of people from other cultures while they learn about missions and
outreach in a fun, interactive way.
Before You Go-Go
Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
Just as athletes prepare to win in an international arena, help
families win internationally, too-by getting involved in missions.
Do these things first.
- Research-Meet with your missions team prior to
your event to determine which cultures you want to highlight
that’ll complement the missions organizations or missionaries your
- Invitations-Create an event page on Facebook
to invite families online. For printed torch invitations, insert
your invitation into a tube. Glue a gold flame to the edge of the
invitation so people can pull on the flame to get the invitation
out of the tube. For extra impact, host this event during the 2010
Winter Olympics (February 12-28, 2010).
- Decorations-Capitalize on the Olympic theme by
cutting out large circles to represent the Olympic logo. Create
large medals out of gold and silver poster board. Hang world maps
and flags from different countries.
On the Go-Go
Don’t forget to stretch before this event; you wouldn’t want to
pull a muscle!
Opening Ceremony-Play the Olympic theme song
(downloadable at iTunes) while people enter your event. As families
arrive, give each family a felt triangular-shaped flag in one of
the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue, or black. These
flags will help families form teams with other families based on
the same flag colors for the evening. Once families have formed
their color-coordinated teams, allow time for them to come up with
a team name and cheer to chant before each event.
Team Challenges-Families can participate in the
following games to encourage them to work together for a common
goal. Have families travel to these stations in their
- Torch Run-One parent must carry all of his or
her children across the room to the finish line (families will have
to be creative with this game!). Once a parent reaches the finish
line, the next parent carries his or her “torch” of children
- Bob Ski-Each team will need a large cardboard
box. Have teams line up at one end of the room and push one child
to the finish line and back in the cardboard box. Then the next
child goes, until all children have been pushed in the sled. (If
you live in a climate with snow, consider having real sled
- Skating-Use sheets of waxed paper to wrap
around people’s socks so they can easily “skate” across a carpeted
surface. Consider relay races with these waxed skates around a
- Curling-Lay a large plastic tarp on the floor
for an icy relay. Each team encourages its team members as they
relay a block of ice to the end of the tarp and back again, using a
broom to move the ice block.
- Athletes Village-Invite your missions
department to host this area. Families stop here to write notes of
encouragement to the missionaries you support overseas and locally.
Consider setting up stations where families can pack care packages
- Mess Hall-After an evening of fun competition,
this is where all your athletes eat. Serve appetizer-sized portions
of foods from local ethnic restaurants, such as spring rolls, pizza
rolls, meatballs, mini hamburgers and bratwursts, sushi, or
teriyaki chicken kabobs. Offer after-dinner drinks of hot cocoa and
marshmallows or hot green tea.