Revealing the hidden truth: Who is your neighbor?

boy eating at tableWho likes to play games? How about playing a game around the family dinner table? After all, dinner table games can lead everyone into dialogue. And what could be better than a family talking!

What game shall we play? How about a storytelling game! Chose someone to start the story. They can start to tell a tale about anything! After a couple of sentences, they choose someone else, who then continues the story where it left off. Of course it’s more fun if you move along quickly!

 
When your story finishes up. Ask your family these pointing-to-another-story questions:

  • A parable is a type of story. Who is known for telling lots of parables? [Jesus!]
  • Can you name some of Jesus’ parables? [There are over 50! Dig through a Bible to find some.]
  • What is it about a parable that makes it unique? [Parables are stories with a hidden meaning that are meant to teach us something.]
  • What do you suppose is the hidden meaning in the Parable of the Good Samaritan? (Need to review the story?)
  • The hidden meaning in this story was that our “neighbor” can be the person we least-expect! What is this parable teaching us today? [It asks us to look at how we view others. Isn’t everyone our neighbor?]
  • Pastor Doug has been talking about “Disruptive Christianity.” What do you suppose we could do that would help out a “neighbor?” How would doing that be “disruptive?”

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Photo credits:
Child at the table by Jenna P, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.

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How to equip for the big game? Challenge memory!

This Sunday at the downtown location, the Big Game transpires!

We’ll be playing a large group game to review Bible stories we’ve covered since September. It will be sort of like the old TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” This game is always loads of fun.

A group of kids works together to determine an answer
At a previous big game, a class confers on an answer
How can you help your kids to prepare for this event? How about playing a game!

Everyone likes to play games; how about around the family dinner table? After all, dinner table games can lead everyone into dialogue. And what could be better than a family talking – especially with regards to their faith journey.

Here’s a game idea… Play the game “Things that Belong to Something.”

With older kids you can name a list of items and have everyone guess what they “belong” to; for example: A bag of snacks, a blanket, and maps. (Answer: What’s inside my car.) Use the list below to review our Bible stories.

For younger kids ask them to name three items in a category. For example: name three things in your bed. This one works for older kids too! Ask them to name three characters in a Bible story or to identify three verbs or three adjectives, that describe a story.

Here’s a list of the stories we’ve covered this year and some “belongs to” suggestions:

  • David, God’s chosen King, 1 Samuel 16:1-13
  • Sheep; Anointing oil; Samuel

    Eight sons; A man after God’s own heart; Bethlehem

  • Jesus calls disciples, Matthew 4:18-22, 9:9 and in Mark 3:13-19
  • Fishermen, Tax collectors; Sons of Zebedee

    Apostles; Follow me; Can anything good come from Nazareth?

  • The overall story of the birth of Jesus (a compilation of gospel stories in Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 2:1-18
  • Gabriel; Nazareth; Immanuel

    The Holy Spirit; A census; Shepherds

  • Esther, the book of Esther
  • Haman; Mordecai; Xerxes

    Risky; Praying; Bow now!

  • David and Goliath, 1 Samuel 17: 1-49
  • A slingshot; Trust in God; “Giants” in our life

    Armor that’s too big; Philistines; Relying on God’s power

  • The tomb is empty – Resurrection appearances of Jesus, Matthew 28:1-10, and in John 20:1-20
  • Mary Magdalene; Spices; A big stone

    An earthquake; An angel; Woman, why are you weeping?

  • The Great Commission, Matthew 28:16-20
  • Important instructions; Teach; Baptize

    Go; Some doubted; I’ll be with you

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We’d love to have you join the fun at this Sunday’s game: “Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader” at FUMC in Ann Arbor, MI.


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