Get Families Laughing With 4 Fun Family Night Ideas
Published: January 23, 2023
4 fantastic family night ideas that’ll help family members learn about each other and their faith!
Go, go, go! That’s all families do today. They’re frazzled from running to meetings, lessons, sporting events, school activities, church, work, parties…they long for a break just to be a family for once.
How can your church programs help families feel closer instead of fragmenting them even more? Provide events that bring families together. Get started with these intergenerational family-time ideas.
1. Family Fun Night
We have a fun family night every third Friday night. It’s an easy, uncomplicated, informal time to socialize. Each family brings a pizza and liter of soft drink. Families eat together and play volleyball. Young children watch videos. Sometimes we go to someone’s pool to swim.
Judy Kile, education specialist in Lebanon, Missouri
2. Pizza Party
Our families enjoy making pizza together. We have all the supplies at the church when families arrive. They pay a small fee to cover the cost. Families make the dough, top it, and let it cook. While it’s cooking, we have a short devotional.
Keith Johnson, author and pastor of children’s ministry, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
3. Talent Show
We have a family talent show once a year. Families prepare acts to do together. We also have individual family members perform. We serve light refreshments and enjoy one another’s talents.
Kathie Taylor, a Sunday school teacher in Stamford, Connecticut
4. Church Connections
We connect families to the uniqueness of our church. For example, I dressed mannequins with church vestments. I made signs for different parts of our church such as “Hi, I’m the nave. It’s like worshipping in an ark.” When families arrived, we had a short family worship. Then I gave each family a list of 40 to 50 items to find in the church. Families have 20 minutes to find the items. Afterward, I gave them a list of questions to discuss: What was something new you learned? What funny thing happened to you? What were the most meaningful things that happened to you?
Dick Hardel, faith and wellness coach in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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