What happened after David saw down Goliath?
Welcome to the school holidays! If you don’t have kids, this probably means an easier journey to work, if you do this probably means you, or someone else needs to come up with ways to stop the little darlings from watching nothing but Cbeebies all day long.
But what can be done to entertain young Christian families throughout the holidays? Well Sofa is here to help*.
Here is our list of ways to keep Christian families entertained during the school holidays…
- Compile a list of all the local holiday clubs. GET TO ALL OF THEM.
- Learn a Bible verse a day.
- Colour in pencil drawings of crosses.
- Picnics! AKA portable communions…
- Go on a family pilgrimage. (Possibly to the local cheap family friendly pub)
- Take all your toilet rolls and try recreating the Tower of Babel.
- Encourage the smalls ones to make a joyful noise! Joyful… may mean screaming…
- Build a castle out of left over Bible study notes.
- Is it raining outside? Time to encourage baptisms in the puddles.
- When all else fails… 80s Christians movies on Youtube? (On second thoughts dont do that. Some of them are quite scary!)
Any other ideas you would like to add?
*Obviously “help” is a subjective concept…
Question. There are over 212 balloons in the above photo. The above location is due to host a church home group next week.
Should we shift the balloons by then? Or does the idea of a home group surrounded by loads of balloons sound good?
Vote now in the below tweet!
Should we attempt to do home group while surrounded by balloons? (212 plus shown in previous tweet)
— The Church Sofa (@TheChurchSofa) September 24, 2017
Or let me know in the comments below.
Imagine the situation: You’re hosting your church home group, and the person leading the Bible study doesn’t turn up. What do you do? You could ditch the bible study, have a quick chat and get on with your lives? (But no one ever seems to want to do that)
Or you could lead a bible study anyway? But what is your bible study going to be about? To help get you started here are our Emergency Housegroup Leaders Kit Of Ideas!
- You’re going to need an energy kick to get through this. All the cool kids seem to drink Monster…
- Bibles. Have lots and lots of Bibles! Hand them out. Get people to read a verse or twenty at random. Ask people what they think about said random verses.
- An impressive Bible book. Unlocking The Bible is one…
- Buy and bring a local business a present. Explain that you wanted to bring them a present to encourage them.
- Bible Through Lego! Use Lego characters to tell Biblical truths. Or something…
- Ask everyone to give an encouraging Bible verse to the person on the left. Give them all a chalk pen to take home with them to write the Bible verse on a mirror at home. (You can use the Encouraging Bible Verse Picker for help)
- Ask deep searching questions about these unfortunate Bible verses. (Examples of questions you can ask include “How do these verses speak into your life?”)
- Got some cushions? Get everyone to lay down, and “wait on God” / Pray / meditate / sleep / whatever…
- A video clip of someone talking about God. Saves you from having to do it…
- Just drag everyone down to the pub, and buy them all a pint.
Any other ideas you’d like to add?
Welcome to September! All around the country, Churches have homegroups starting up for a new term. All ready for a new Bible study series. But how can homegroup leaders make the bible studies more interesting?
Here are 10 challenges for Homegroup leaders in your church.
- Spend the entire evening speaking in a bad Russian accent.
- Serve mug loads of espresso, accidentally make people think it’s decaf.
- (If you’re hosting) Don’t tidy up before housegroup. Act like everyone is making a huge mess of your lovely place.
- This requires some planning in advance, but ensure any and all toys are arranged ready for a bible study.
- When planning, crowdsource questions for your bible study.
- Plan the bible study while using the The Message version of the Bible.
- Illustrate every question with a Simpsons video clip.
- Doing a session on Baptism? Throw water balloons at each other.
- Leading a session on Hebrews chapter 4? Lead the Bible Study naked.
- Lead a session on “Waiting on God”. Encourage everyone to lay down on the floor / relax on the sofa, while you play a relaxing CD. DO NOTHING ELSE IN THE EVENING!
Any more ideas?
Well its that time of year where Bible Study groups all around will start new Bible studies. But which Bible Study should be chosen? Ideally, a well organised Homegroup will know what they are doing before it’s too late, but we’re not here for the organised, we’re here for people who need help!
With that in mind, if you’re looking for inspiration about your next Bible Study, give this wheel a spin!
What results have you had?