Here is a great video that we used as part of our family worship evening that we spent talking about Jehovah’s creations. We discussed as a family the chapter “Who designed it first?” in the brochure Was Life Created? (you can find it on jw.org). As part of our discussion we watched a video called Underwater Astonishments. It is a video of a talk given by David Gallo, an oceanographer, at a TED conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design.
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. It really helps show the amazing design in Jehovah’s creations.
We like to spend a few minutes at the end of each evening playing this game. It helps us all memorize some key scriptures that we could use in the ministry. It is helpful for even those who have been in the truth for many years and memorized them long ago, but now want to memorize how they are translated in the 2013 revision of the New World Translation.
I used some business card sheets (like the Avery 8371) and printed them using a computer printer. Attached below is a PDF of the ones we made. Optionally you could just write them on some index cards or even just print them out on paper and cut each card out. Half of the cards have a scripture citation on them and the other half have the actual scripture. Shuffle the cards and then lay them all out facing down in a 5×4 pattern. Then each person takes a turn turning over two cards. If the citation matches the scripture then the person keeps the cards. If not, then they turn them back over. It challenges you to not only memorize where you have seen a card, but to also be able to know which scripture goes with which citation.
One of the goals we have explored as a family is learning a foreign language so as to be able to expand our ministry. The website jw.org is a great way to learn about new languages, and the countries and people who use that language.
Each person picked a country with a different language and did research about that country and language. On our family worship evening, each then gave a presentation about what they had learned. The presentations included:
Facts about where the country is located, the culture, unique food and animals, population, the number of publishers there,etc.
One experience from that country. The yearbooks are a great source for this.
A printed page from a publication in that country’s language. By using jw.org you can download and print a page in the desired language.
Using jw.org, go to one of the articles on the site and change the language to that of the your country. Then play the the record audio on the webpage of it being read in that language.
Sometimes we like to play a Bible game as part or our Family Worship evening. Bible Pictionary is a great game where one person picks a bible word from a hat/bowl/etc and then draws it on a piece of paper while others try to guess the word. We found a great iPad app that makes the game even more fun to play. The app is called SketchParty TV.
You need to have an iPad and an AppleTV that is hooked up to your television. You connect the iPad to your TV wirelessly using the built in AirPlay feature. Once setup you then run the SketchParty TV app.
One player holds the iPad and a Bible word will display on the iPad. Using the iPad the player then draws a picture based on the word. The picture is displayed on the TV while the player is drawing (but not the Bible word) and the others try to guess it. The game has a timer so you have to try and guess a set number of words within the time limit. You can skip and go to another word if you get stuck. The game even allows you to play as teams.
SketchParty TV comes with a basic list of simple words, but allows you to add your own custom word list. We created a Bible word list and use this list for the game. You can download our Bible wordlist on your iPad (see link below) , open the wordlist.txt file and then copy/paste the word list into the SketchParty TV app. You go into the setup for the app and create a custom word list. Just paste the text into the word list and save it. Now select this as your word list and start the game.
We found a great scale model of the Tabernacle. It is a plastic model kit that is very detailed and takes some skill to assemble. It included a high priest, 3 priests, a jar of manna, Aaron’s budded staff, the ten commandments stone, 3 sheep, 8 stands, an ark of the covenant, 3 lambs, 2 cows, a bread table, the altar of incense, the lamp stand, 2 breads, the altar of burnt offering, and a tree. The Tabernacle is built using posts and several layers of fabric representing the actual coverings used.
We used some flexstone spray paint to paint the base so it looked like the ground. We bought others paints (gold, brown, silver, etc) so we could paint the other pieces as nothing comes painted. The project takes several hours to build so it probably makes sense to build the project over a weekend.
We pull it out every year or so (especially if it is being discussed at a meeting that week) and take the coverings off and look at how it is constructed and all of the various parts that make it up. On JW.org there are numerous resources that can be downloaded and used for discussion:
The Tabernacle Family Picture Activity: This activity has scriptures for discussion and reseach as well as a nice picture for comparison to the model.