Keeping Christian Families Entertained During The Holidays

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…

  1. Compile a list of all the local holiday clubs. GET TO ALL OF THEM.
  2. Learn a Bible verse a day.
  3. Colour in pencil drawings of crosses.
  4. Picnics! AKA portable communions…
  5. Go on a family pilgrimage. (Possibly to the local cheap family friendly pub)
  6. Take all your toilet rolls and try recreating the Tower of Babel.
  7. Encourage the smalls ones to make a joyful noise! Joyful… may mean screaming…
  8. Build a castle out of left over Bible study notes.
  9. Is it raining outside? Time to encourage baptisms in the puddles.
  10. 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…

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When Small Ones Delay Bedtime…

It was bedtime,

And there I am, about to charge into the bathroom to ask the small one why she’s messing around when cleaning her teeth… and it turns out she’s trying to read Bible Study Notes.

I guess that’s one way of avoiding bedtime?

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Looking Through Bible Lens

You know those inspirational photos, which have an inspirational Bible verse written over the photo in question?

Bible Lens, the new app from YouVersion – aka “The Bible App” that EVERYONE seems to have – have released an app that automates this with the photos you choose from your phones camera library. 

I figured I should give it a run.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve taken so far…

Have you tried The Bible Lens App? Share them with me over at @thechurchsofa on Twitter.

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Explicit Content Found in Bible.

Here’s a piece of local news that was picked up by The Families Online website:

A mum has taken to social media to share her disgust over the leavers gift given to her daughter and other Year 6 pupils by their school.

On the last day of the school year, pupils that were leaving a Church of England primary school in Exeter were given a copy of the bible as a leaving gift. In itself that may not seem unusual, but when they began reading the bible they were shocked to discover that it contained dark and explicit content.

(The content in question by the way is Lot sleeping with his daughters in Genesis Chapter 19.)

Read more over at the familiesonline.co.uk website, but the article goes onto say that the mum isn’t complaining about Bibles being given as gifts as such – but she is complaining about the content of The Old Testament.

While it would be easy for me to take a typically “so-what” position in regards to this, Sofa does feel that this says something about how the Church presents the Bible. In that it can be easy for Christians to forget about some of the more “difficult” passages, and how it can seem to people not expecting to find them in what can be expected to be a safe yet boring book.

Should there be more discussion about the Bible when giving them out? I don’t know, and I certainly don’t know what form that discussion would take.

After all, do people expect the Bible to get a little Game of Thrones at points?

Perhaps she is right, perhaps New Testaments should be given out, with the Old Testament being marketed as the “prequel to help you understand the whole story”.

I guess if we could take a positive from this. There is a discussion about Bible content taking place. Not if the Bible is true or not, but what is actually in the Bible.

But if I am allowed to be facetious for one moment, perhaps there should be a translation of the Bible that is at least marketed for an older audience? Based on when I first watched some of the more violent films of the 80s and 90s, I can only imagine that may increase interest in the Bible in young people.

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