At times parents with young children below Youth Group age may wonder what they may be able to organise to help their children to develop a love for the Bible whilst enjoying the companionship of other young people their own age. The following article is a resume of how some families have met this matter in a very simple way.
During each year a small group of families gather together in homes on alternate Friday nights to join in Bible centered activities. These activities are of a widely divergent nature, but the overall format of the evening remains the same. We commence with prayer seeking the Father’s blessing on our activities. This is followed by a reading of some prepared notes on one of the Commandments of Christ, as found in the Bible Reader’s Companion. This has been prepared during the week by one of the older children and is read for us by one of the older boys. This has proved to be a useful exercise for us all, in that both parents and children are caused to reflect upon the simple and straightforward ordinances which form the basis for our understanding of God and His requirements of us. We are brought to see, by following up the Bible quotes appended to each commandment and developing the thoughts that they contain, how our faith must be shown in a life of obedience.
Next, a Bible reading will introduce the main part of the evening. This generally takes the form of an illustrated talk from a wide range of topics, from the weather to the stone-mason’s craft; from frogs to how to shear a sheep! Sometimes we might put our new-found knowledge to use with a craft activity. Depending on the subject, this might take the form of constructing a mobile or a pin-hole camera or something really messy like stone carving! Once a year we try our hand at preparing some typically Jewish food, making all sorts of unusual savouries and sweets. This is always a very popular event.
As there is always some musical talent to be found within the group, we also have an annual Concert Night. The programme is of a widely divergent nature, ranging from violin and piano recitals to short plays and puppet shows, or a selection of hymns played on the recorder. Each family will contribute an item or two and a thoroughly enjoyable evening results.
Other evenings might be given over to the manufacture of “get-well” cards. These are sent to our brethren and sisters as the occasion requires. We believe that this simple activity is teaching the children to remember those of our meeting who are ill.
Our evening is brought to a close by reading out letters or cards we may have received, followed by supper and thanks to God for His blessings. We have found such evenings not only of benefit to our children but they have also drawn us close together as families, thus proving a very powerful antidote to the difficulties and trials that this world sets before us all.