On the Go-Go
On your mark, get set, and go-go with these ideas for the day of
The Starting Block-As families arrive, have
supplies for them to each decorate a family footprint that
represents their interests or personalities, such as fish for a dad
who enjoys fishing or happy faces for a daughter who's the family
comedian. When they're done, have families place their footprints
on a "Families on the Go-Go" display.
Marching Together-Families will recreate the
account from Joshua 6 of how Joshua led the people of Israel as
they marched around the walls of Jericho. Have families join
together to march around a tower of cardboard boxes set up in your
event area. As families march, have them shout, "One!" up to "Six!"
for each time they circle the boxes. On the seventh time around,
tell families to make trumpet noises as they march, and then have
the youngest member of each family approach the wall to topple the
boxes down after they shout, "Seven!" Remind families that the
walls went down because God honored Joshua's commitment to follow
God's instructions. In the same way, we can commit and follow
through to make an impact in our community.
Fuel Up-Set up these stations where families can
interact with other families and your community organization as
they learn to live out a commitment to service.
- Build Awareness-Allow the organization you've
partnered with to share ways families can partner with them.
Encourage the organization to offer opportunities for families to
sign up immediately.
- Race Day Energy-As part of admission to your
family event, ask families to bring supplies to make trail mix,
such as toasted oats cereal, M&M's candies, raisins,
cheese-flavored crackers, or chocolate chips. At this station
families can help assemble small bags of this energizing snack to
hand out to participants when they complete the race course.
- Encouragement Boost-Have families write notes
of encouragement to people who work and volunteer with the
organization you're partnering with.
- Getting to Know You-Create a People Bingo
game, where family members gather initials from those who match the
bingo square description. If it's a match, people sign the
- You'll need 20 squares on your sheet with a different
description in each square. To make this even more impactful, have
some of the squares fit the charitable organization. For example,
if it's an adoption agency, you might have one of your squares
read, "I was adopted or I know someone who was adopted." Other
squares could include "likes pizza," "ate cereal this morning,"
"brushes teeth twice a day," and so on. Be creative and have older
people help young children fill their cards.
- Snack Station-Serve foot-shaped cookies and
fruit punch. Set out supplies such as icing, flavored cream cheese,
candy sprinkles, licorice strips, and raisins for people to
decorate one cookie for themselves and one to leave on a cookie