Family Bible Night
Up until this year, our family has participated in the Awana program. The kids have really enjoyed their time there, but this year we needed simple. We wanted to be home together. We wanted kids to get to bed on time so they weren’t super cranky the next day. We wanted to learn and memorize together instead of each kid doing their own thing.
SO, we decided to take that $125 we would have spent on Awana this year and invest in some resources that we could engage in together. Here’s what we’re doing on Wednesday evenings this year.
What’s in the Bible DVD
Each evening we’ll watch 1 of the 2 episodes of a What’s in the Bible? DVD, giving us 26 weeks of content. In case you haven’t head of What’s in the Bible, it’s this great DVD series created by Phil Vischer (the creator of VeggieTales). He made these DVDs because of the huge lack of biblical literacy in the church. If we could help kids build an understanding of the story of Scripture now, well, how great would that be? The DVDs are FUNNY, well made, have a few pop culture references that parents will enjoy, and are the farthest thing from corny.
I’ll be doing 2 reviews in the upcoming months- one of the Old Testament series and one of the New Testament series. Stay tuned for those. So far I’m a few DVDs in and I’m really loving it. In the most recent DVD, they explain that when talking about God, they say “He” not because God is a man, but because that’s the world the Scriptures use. In fact, they say, God is not man or woman! In the same episode, Phil talked about the differences that Christians have when interpreting what “day” means in Genesis- is it one earth day, or something like one God day? Phil concludes that we don’t know for sure but that’s okay because that’s actually not the purpose of this passage of Scripture. I love how they deal with real issues and don’t sugar coat them!
Family Discussion and Snack
I purchased one of the What’s in the Bible workbook sets (printable from online), and it includes a page of a few discussion questions to go along with each section of Scripture. They also have a ton of free activities for us to do after we move beyond Deuteronomy (where the workbook set ends). We ate a fun snack during this time because that was one of the biggest complaints from the kids about not being able to go to Awana. 🙂 At the end of the discussion, we had a short prayer time.
Each week we’ll choose a verse or two from the book of the Bible we’re studying and memorize that. We’ll spend time learning them in fun ways, as well as reviewing older verses. Together. 🙂
Asante is not into “crafts” anymore, but he does love him a good crossword, word search or something like it! Thankfully the workbook set I purchased online has a great variety of games, puzzles, and coloring pages that I tailor for each kid.
We’ve only been doing this for a short time, but it’s working. And it’s relaxing. And no one is up past their bedtime. I don’t have to rush dinner in order to get everyone out the door on time. AND, I bought all of this material for less than $125 (BUT, I got an awesome deal during one of their flash sales. I’ve seen it twice now- if you sign up for their email newsletter you get heads up when these 12 hour sales hit!).
Because we love this series so much, we’ve become affiliates, which means that if you order through one of our links, then we get a portion of the sales. Up until this point, our post is not linked with our affiliate link because this is not about us getting money from it, but getting this resource into the hands of mommas and papas who need some tools to help their kids joyfully and effectively learn the story of Scripture in a way that makes them laugh and makes sense to them. If you do want to order through our link, though, click here.
By the way, you may want to see if your church or local library has these before purchasing to be sure that your kids like them. My 6, 5, and almost 4 year old like these videos a lot, but I have heard of some 3-4 year olds not caring for them too much because while it’s fun, there is a lot of talking.