Many brethren and sisters have found the suggestions that have been made in this section helpful and constructive in organising activites for their families or groups of families. Some have offered further practical suggestions whereby young people (and those not so young also) can be encouraged to become personally involved in various aspects of study, research or activities that enliven the mind to spiritual ideas. Not only parents, but we feel also Sunday School superintendents and the like, will find the following list of some help and interest.

1  Introduction to reference books Show and explain how to use: Bible dictionaries, Strong’s Concordance, lexicons with numbers keyed to Strong, concordances with numbers keyed to Strong and interlinear versions with Strong’s numbers inserted.

Look up a particular Hebrew word like “nephesh” = “soul”, etc, in Englishman’s Concordance and over several weeks go through your Bible colouring the English words translated from this word. Discuss contexts which illustrate the word’s meaning.

Many other words can be coloured in like this; eg. in the Hebrew: Name and titles of Deity, spirit (ruach), praise; and in the Greek: love, world, know, bless, hell (gehenna), devil (diabolos).

  1. Using maps trace the movements of the Lord Jesus Christ. Guide book to the New Testament (H.P. Mansfield) shows this in six sequential maps, which could be drawn in the back of Bibles for reference. By following these maps in conjunction with the section “The Life of the Lord in Sequence” the timing of events can be found.
  2. Using maps trace the movements of the Apostle Paul.
  3. The ant (Prov 6:6–8) shows how the Creator has designed wisdom into this creature. Get library books and study the ant together, as a family. Films are available too. Some books show how an ant colony can be established between two sheets of glass.
  4. Light Matt 5:14-16 could provide the basis for an interesting family activity in which the significance of light is explained by covering a candle with a bucket, to graphically illustrate how our light can be hidden, or even extinguished by giving priority in our lives to work or hobbies. Many other Scriptures can be used. There are some suitable Sunday School songs to sing too.
  5. Bread making Full of spiritual allusions, breadmaking is a delicious way to study the Word. From growing the wheat, harvesting it, winnowing, and milling, to adding salt, yeast etc and baking, the lessons keep coming out.
  6. Bees and bee keeping As with ants, the bee colony has a wonderful organisation by which it stores away food and cares for the young, without any individual giving orders. Every member that sees a job to do goes and does it. An apiarist in the brotherhood may be able to come and show what he does and give a talk on bees.
  7. Wonders of Creation In books like The Finger of God – Evolution or Creation a number of case studies are given on creatures whose existence cannot be explained by evolution, and testify to the wise creative hand. (Examples – the earth itself, spiders, Portuguese Man O’ War, sea slugs, birds’ feathers, leaf cutting, ants, etc). Families could study these creatures one by one and use library books and films to reinforce the Truth of the Bible.
  8. Many aspects of weather have their spiritual side. Dew – resurrection; clouds – saints; rainbow – covenant; rain – Word of God; sun – Christ; wind – spirit; whirlwind – destroying power; storm – war; hail – weapon of war. A night or series of nights could profitably be spent looking at this theme and thus giving the children some insight into the hand of God in making “His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sending rain on the just and the unjust” alike (Matt 5:45). Films and library books are available too.
  9. Sheep and goats Take a look at the characteristics of these animals and show why the sheep class is pleasing to God. This could be followed by family activity centred around wool and spinning.
  10. Pottery is full of spiritual import. Learning about pottery and the clay in particular is instructive about ourselves. Clay needs a right consistency – just the right amount of water; it cannot work itself, but must be shaped by the potter, who has total control over it and if the clay won’t go right, the potter will make it into some other shape. Once fired there is no going back to reshape the clay; the vessel can only be broken if it is the wrong shape.
  11. Charades are a favourite with children. The “scenes” are each written on a small piece of paper, giving a sequence of actions and showing the number of actors required. These are handed out to the children in groups; they go off to another room to work out how they will show the scene and come back a few seconds later. After doing a charade, the children will keep coming back for more to do.
  12. Bible or Sunday School based quizzes – with “incentives” offered for correct answers! These can be instructive and enjoyable.