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Family Fridays: Picture This!

Get out your old family photos and go through them together.  You may want to sort and organize them as you go, but the main point is simply to enjoy them together.  Take plenty of time to reminisce.

Together choose your top three, five, or ten photos in several categories; for example–funniest, weirdest, most embarrassing, happiest occasion, most serious occasion, most tired occasion, most energetic occasion, most awkward occasion, most formal occasion, most relaxed occasion, best shot for a Christmas card, best shot for a family scrapbook cover, best shot for a “wanted” poster, and best shot for a national magazine cover (just in case you get asked!)

Also, identify your oldest family photo, or make a visual family tree with a favorite photo of each person.

From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009).  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Family Fridays: Tell stories about your life.

Ask your children to tell the story of their day.  Our family does this nightly at the dinner table.  Also, we like to tell stories to our girls about when we were kids or when we were dating.  Remember to include God’s presence in the story.  Psalm 139:7-10

Adapted from John Bennett, Preschool and Children’s Ministries Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, “Some Fun Family Devotional Ideas,” KBC Growing Ministries Tour.  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Wilson on Dragon-lore

“We fell into sin as a race because we were beguiled by a dragon (Gen. 3:1). God promised to send a warrior who would crush the seed of that serpent (Gen. 3:15), and He has done this in Jesus Christ. In sum, the gospel is the story of a dragon-fight. The serpent of Genesis is the dragon of Revelation (Rev. 20:2), and we are called to rejoice that the dragon has been slain. In contrast, we have reduced the gospel to four basic steps toward personal happiness, and we are much farther from the truth than our fathers were when they told their glorious stories. This is another way of saying that dragon-lore is truer than therapy-speak.”

— Doug Wilson, Future Men

HT: Mike Crowe

Family Fridays: Never Bored with Board Games

Have everyone choose a favorite board game, and take turns playing them all.  For some variety, allow the person who chose the game to make once rule change in how that game is played, and make it a fun alteration.  For example, in Scrabble, give everyone a five or ten-point bonus score for each word they play that includes a letter in their name.  Or in Monopoly, charge everyone a fifty-dollar fee, payable to the bank, each time they complete a turn without saying either “please” or “thank you.”

From Mack Thomas, 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free, (Waterbrook Press, 2009).  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to kids@sojournchurch.com

Here is the June Memory verse for All SojournKids:

Psalm 91:2:  I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”